Summer @ Friends Welcomes Special Campers

Over the summer, alumna Louise Wagner ’68 reached out to Jocelyn Kehl in the Development & Alumni Relations Office with a request. Louise’s church, Brown Memorial, was assisting 30 Afghan families, including 50 children, who had been resettled in Reservoir Hill after fleeing Afghanistan. Church volunteers, led by parishioner Dr. Barbara Cook, helped find the families housing, jobs, schools, clothing, medical care, and transportation as well as English lessons. 

In one particular effort, the congregation hoped to provide some of the children with a safe and happy summer enrichment experience. When Louise heard about this, she immediately thought about her alma mater and the fantastic Summer at Friends camp program. With the connection made, five of the children were sponsored by members of the church and enrolled.

At summer’s close, camp staff reflected on the five campers’ experiences, and noted that the children particularly enjoyed tennis, art, and their time at the pool. As art teacher Joanne Galantino wrote in a letter thanking the Brown Memorial sponsors, “The children you sponsored were bright and industrious, and their creations showed an artistic eye and an ability for successful construction. One of the boys is most assuredly a future aeronautical engineer with his aircraft models comprised of craft sticks, toothpicks, and glitter. His drone, complete with a landing pad, showed his pride in his country with the craft's colors painted in those of Afghanistan's flag.” 

The camp staff agreed that it was wonderful to watch the campers grow and thrive as new members of the Baltimore community. 

*Note that the campers in the photo are not the campers mentioned in this story