Dear Jud, Anne, Wyatt, Pam and Biff – Thank you for the note! We are all doing well here in Westmont. I meant to write to you all soon after Jonathan came home from camp. I have never seen him so deeply affected by an experience in his life. First of all he was very depressed for about a week, just missing being there, missing his new friends and all of you. I totally understood that it must have been very difficult to leave such a situation. I think he just had such an amazing time he was quite “blown away” by it. He came home a different boy. I cannot tell you exactly how he is different, but he is. I can tell you that it had a very positive affect on him. He is more mature and sure of himself. His father and I are so happy that we found Stone Mountain Adventures. We only wish we had found you sooner so that he could have spent more years with you there.
Eileen & Edward Doherty; Westmont, NJ
Dear Jud, Anne, Biff and Pam – Thank you so much for the tremendous summer that you gave Lexi. She came home absolutely beaming from her second session experience. I think it is fair to say that the experience changed her life. You must have had a tremendous bunch that last session. She came home a different person than she left. Although her move to her new school has not been trouble free, her handling of the situation has incredibly more mature.
It was great because it left her with great memories of her summers as SMA. She thinks of you guys as family.
Scott Kalister, Parkland, FL
Pam, Biff, Anne & Jud: As I mentioned when I saw you in August, something really magical has happened to Jonathan on three consecutive summers when he attended Stone Mountain. He matured a year’s worth in just three weeks and tended to stay at the level for a year (when he again returned to Stone Mountain). I don’t exactly know what went on there but it certainly was a magic ticket for him and his development.
Myles Jaffe, Collegeville, PA
Dear Pam, Biff, Jud and Anne – We meant to send you this email right after we came home with Eva, but time slips away so quickly. We want to thank you and the staff for making Eva’s first summer at SMA wonderful. She had such a fabulous time. We are really grateful for the care, instruction and love you all shared with Eva. Eva made some wonderful friends and is keeping in touch with them. She looks forward to spending time with them next year. She will be a return camper for sure.
Her riding instructor here in DC noted that Eva was riding better than ever. She commented that Eva’s leg, hands and seat are really much more solid! We appreciate all of you and SMA.
Donna Harshman and Tom Martin, Silver Spring, MD
Dear Pam, Biff, Anne & Jud:
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you all for the very excellent camp experience you provided for Sarah. I don’t know how you make the magic that creates the unforgettable experience, but certainly you do. Sarah couldn’t have been more averse to attending camp. When I picked her up three weeks later, she could hardly bring herself to leave. She talked to me for an hour and a half driving home about how she felt as though she was leaving “home,” about her experiences and about all the people she met and learned to love at SMA. I felt so happy that she had such an “amazing” experience.
I chose SMA for your philosophy of “respect and sharing,” the low number of campers and high ratio of counselors and because of the testimonials written by past campers describing their experiences. I wanted Sarah to have the feeling of “having the best summer of her life.” She definitely did and cannot wait for time to pass until she can return.
These days it is very rare for anything to live up to its billing. SMA is one of those rare places that does. Thank you so much and we will definitely see you next year.
Linda Robinson, Gaithersburg, MD