Each year, Anderson Woods touches campers, staff

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Guest Columnist

There are lots of activities that campers can look forward to at Anderson Woods. A not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, Anderson Woods is a summer staple for many local kids and adults who are looking for some quality time in the great outdoors.

For others, however, summer camp is a new experience and it can be an anxious time.

Such was the case with William, a camper who was experiencing Anderson Woods for the first time during the second-week session in early June. Being a new life experience, he was shy at first and was hesitant with many of the activities.

However, on Wednesday evening, during their fishing trip along the banks of the camp pond, a transition came over him as he began to excel at something that he had never before been a part of. William was scared at first and even jumped back upon the catch of his first fish. He had never before seen a fish out of water. William went on to catch another fish, altogether catching two of the five total fish caught that evening.

Kate Meyer, a counselor at Anderson Woods for years, commented on William's accomplishment. "He seemed to feel as if he was now a much larger part of camp by catching those fish. Being able to overcome his fear and succeed was huge for his confidence." His accomplishment brought even more reward later that week at the camp award ceremony when he was given an award for best fisherman. William was very excited, to say the least, and also anxious this time, not out of fear but in anticipation of coming back to camp next summer as a seasoned veteran.

For more information about Anderson Woods Camp, or for an application to join the fun next summer as a camper or staff member, visit the website at www.andersonwoods.org, or call Isaac or Megan Gatwood at (812) 639-1079. Anderson Woods, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation.

Gatwood is director for Anderson Woods.