December 10th 2018
Camden, New Jersey and Camden, Maine are two very different places in the world. One, very diverse, largely populated, and overlooked by even the people that live in it. The other not so diverse, a small town, and appreciated by mostly everyone in it. The one thing they do have in common: teenagers trying to better their community one relationship at a time. How do they do it? Trekkers play a big part.
I had the chance to visit Maine this year for the second time in my high school years. The first time, I took everything for granted. I just went on the trip to get away from home and school. I didn’t think that I would enjoy it. It was harder for me to have fun on that trip because of the people that were on it. But when it came to the second trip, I had the most fun in nature I had ever had. It made me realize how fortunate I am.
Leaving from home at 6:00 AM for an unknown 15 hour drive wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I spent time and bonded with people I see every day. I didn’t know it was possible for that to happen in just 5 hours. This ‘Hood to Woods trip changed my outlook on life, and myself.