Name: Iesha S McKinneyiesha
Number of years at camp: 7

I want to take what I have learned from camp choice and share it with other youth. The purpose of me sharing what I have learned with them is so they can learn to make wiser decisions and apply what they have learned to their lives. Also, to use what they have learned in their community at home.

I have learned to respect myself and the people around me. I have used leadership by avoiding negativity when it comes around, doing what is right even when I am not being asked, and helping out when I see that help is needed. By using courage it has made me feel good inside, and has made me feel like a stronger person. I feel like courage leads to a decision being made that will benefit you in the long run.

How I am using the camp choice philosophy to better myself is by applying what I have learned at camp to my life. I think about all the stuff we learn at camp like avoiding gangs and violence, saying no to peer pressure, avoiding being a statistic, and more. Avoiding being a statistic is one I think about the most. I do not want to be a statistic, so I try my best to make decisions that will not affect my life negatively in the long run. If I do make a mistake, I learn from it and try my best not to make the same mistake again. I also share my experience and what I have learned from camp with others so they can learn to make better decisions in their lives.