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Meet Carla Weiland of Camp Summit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Weiland.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carla. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I loved being able to go camping as a child. I made sure I did everything I needed to do to be certain I had a place at summer camp. I learned how to be independent, work as a team, appreciate my surroundings, and I learned leadership skills without ever realizing how much I was learning. I guess you can say that camp really shaped me. My love of camp made me realize that camp was something EVERY child should have the option to attend. In high school, I worked with an adaptive P.E. program and I knew I wanted to pursue a career working with individuals with special needs. I also knew my heart was with camping. It has been a blessing to have these two passions come together in my work with Camp Summit.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life always throws you challenges along the way. I have always strived to look at these challenges as opportunities to learn something new or be creative in overcoming the challenge in order to accomplish your goals. Throughout my life, I have discovered that challenges are great opportunities for growth.

Camp Summit – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Camp Summit, we serve campers with disabilities. We adapt all our activities so that every camper can participate, focusing on our campers’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. At camp, we remove the barriers that campers face in their day-to-day lives and enable them to experience the freedom of the outdoors, to make friends, and accomplish things they never thought possible.

When a camper runs toward the camp check-in table or tells me “I did something I have never done before” because of camp, I know we have done our job!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success, for me, is when I equip others to accomplish their goals, grow as individuals, and feel like they have truly made a difference.

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