Going to Camp! iI have been going to the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, which I affectionately nicknamed “Amp Camp,” for the past six years. Each time I come back, I gain new experiences, meet new people and find inspiration for acceptance. This year, I’ll be returning as a leader-in-training, but I will never forget the excitement of my first year at camp. I live in Anchorage, Alaska, so traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio is quite a journey. I first learned of Amp Camp through inMotion magazine. I saw a poolside picture of a line of campers’ prosthetic legs and I was amazed that there were that many kids who shared my physical difference. Now I know that the campers those legs belonged to don’t even account for a tenth of the kids that attend camp every year. When I applied and found out that I was accepted, I couldn’t wait for July to come around. Finally, the time came for me and my mother to start making our way to Ohio. It had been decided that my mom would come with me because (A) she wanted us to spend a few days before camp acclimating to the heat and time change, and (B) I was 10 years old. Our first flight was three hours to Seattle. After a layover, we went on to Minneapolis, and finally to Hebron, Kentucky. This confused me and I anxiously told my mother that we were supposed to be going to Ohio, not Kentucky. She patiently explained the Cincinnati airport was actually in Kentucky. After a few days of practically melting in the July heat (I’m from Alaska – can you blame me?), it was time for my mother to send me off. The closer we got to the airport, the more excited I became. I followed the signs to the little area where all the campers gathered and I remember seeing two boys, both wearing shorts, proudly showing off their hardware. I knew immediately that I would have no problem fitting in – I had finally found my people. perspectives 38 inMotion Volume 24, Issue 4 July | August 2014 for the First Time Taylor Haines (second from left) and friends. by Taylor Haines “I knew immediately that I would have no problem fitting in — I had finally found my people.” >>> For more information about Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, please visit amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/youth-camp.
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