July 15, 2013 – Day 1 of Camp Vanadzor
I went to bed last night very anxious for what today would bring. Having only heard stories from fellow AYF-ers past camp experiences, I did not know what to expect. The team gathered in the morning for breakfast and headed together to the camp. As we approached the school, eager campers were waiting for us at the door. I greeted them with warm hellos and introduced myself as their counselor for the next two weeks. Quickly the number of campers escalated and I found myself overwhelmed with emotions. I could not continue greeting the children without tears forming in my eyes. Oddly enough they were both happy and sad tears; happy because through AYF we are creating an unforgettable experience for these children and sad because they are not as fortunate but have such an appreciation for life. Entering the camp, we started registrations which included dividing the campers into groups and handing out the t-shirts that will leave a lasting memory in Vanadzor. During the flag ceremony, the sight of over 150 campers singing “Mshag Panvor” was breathtaking. We spent the day playing games, learning songs and having discussions about computers and voting systems. Towards the end of the day, the kids did not want to leave my side. They were holding my hand and requesting that we continue this camp every year, hoping they will see me again. I already know it will be difficult to say goodbye. Thank you to AYF Canada for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible experience.
-Anna Bedrosian – AYF Canada Youth Corps 2013 Volunteer
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