I am not defined by the death in my family or the mistakes that we have made. I am so much more than that.
In school and at other places like it, I AM the mistakes, the death, the problems. People let it define their understanding of my sister and me. It clouds the varying opinions and feelings towards us: feelings of pity, disgust, anger or the feeling that my sister and I should not be trusted. That isn't us.
Here, at Circle, our family's mistakes, the death and the problems don't define us. We are girls that simply had it a bit rough. We do NOT want your pity or negative feelings.
We want you to be happy about the fact that we are making it.
Be happy about the fact that we REFUSE to let negative feelings CONTROL our lives; to control our minds, to control our feelings towards ourselves.
We are strong.
We are proud.
We are Circle girls.
Circle not only accepted Selena for all she was and had been through...but it actually embraced and celebrated her. At Circle, she has been “allowed” to be vulnerable, open, and expressive about the most painful experience in her life, the void of not having a mother.
Circle Camps gave Emily a feeling of community. The friendships she has developed at Circle Camps have helped her realize that she is not alone. There are others who also have experienced the tragedy of a parent’s dying and the ensuing grief. Circle Camps has helped her discover that she is capable of finding happiness and going on to live a fulfilling life.
Thank you so much for maintaining the connection for my daughter and all of the girls who value and love Circle. You’re amazing people. I’m so glad I found you for my daughter.
Thank you to all the volunteers at Circle of Tapawingo for all the work you put into having that camp! My girls had a blast. They have been singing songs and talking about camp since they got home! They didn’t know what to expect there since they have never been, but they found a home away from home! They were also able to talk about some pretty painful stuff with kids who have been there! I feel they have grown through this experience in many ways, and this they will remember all their lives! So again, thanks so much for touching not only their lives but so many more...YOU ROCK!!!!!
Circle has been a wonderful resource for girls and their families with whom we work. Both The Garden and Rick’s Place have been referring participants to Circle for many years, and each year our participants who attend can never stop talking about how much fun they had while away at camp! It is one resource that hands-down remains at the top of our list.
We consistently hear girls in our peer support groups speaking excitedly about their experiences at Circle of Tapawingo. Returning campers encourage other girls to attend and in the fall, we overhear girls sharing stories of their camp adventures. Circle of Tapawingo is a great complement to the ongoing support received in our groups and we are pleased to have such a fabulous resource to share with families.