Growing up in the Kenwood and Evergreen camp community was extremely powerful for me. Over each 7 week period I learned life skills that are skill an important part of my life to this day. It’s one of the reasons that more than 30 years after starting as a camper it is still the most important institution in my life. One aspect that meant the most to me was not just how many deep, enriching friendships I was able to make, but how many of these people I came to know and love weren’t exactly like me. My best friend was a dedicated athlete, even though I really had no love for team sports. And while I was happy to play guitar and throw on the potter’s wheel all day (two things he had no interest in) we realized in a matter of days into his first summer that our friendship was destined to stand the test of time (and it really has. He was a groomsmen in my wedding and I signed the ketubah at his).