A Report From The Ropes Course
07/02/2013 - 14:13
Molly Mittman and her rock wall. Photo courtesy URJ
Molly Mittman and her rock wall. Photo courtesy URJ

Editor's Note: Molly Mittman is a second-year camper from Temple Shalom in Dallas. She is 9 years old and going into the 4th grade. Find the rest of her essay here.

My name is Molly and I am a camper at Greene Family Camp. I was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). My CP mainly affects my balance because the muscles in my legs get tired easily. Even though I have CP, I am still just a regular camper. I have goals for myself that I want to accomplish by the end of the session.

One of the hardest things for me to do at camp is walking independently. I am able to practice walking without my crutches or help from an adult in the cabin (7 WHOLE STEPS SO FAR!). Around camp, I use my crutches for balance to get around. I get tired after a while because we have to walk almost everywhere. Some parts of camp are covered in rocks, which makes it even harder to balance. I walk slowly and have help from lots of adults. The leadership team helps me get around to the far places by driving me in a golf cart.

On Thursday, I went to the ropes course with my cabin for Livnot Kehilah (ropes course for the bunk). When I got to the rock wall, I thought the wall was really big; 40 feet is huge! I thought to myself, “This is going to be fun, but it’s a little bit frightening”. I knew that I had a harness so I just did it. I started to climb and had to use a different strategy to help me continue up the wall. My bunkmates helped cheer me on and find where to put my feet. Although it was hard, I managed to get to the top. At the top, I was overjoyed and a little tired. I started screaming with excitement and pride; I never thought I would be able to get to the top. Once I was down, I hugged Natalie, and the other counselors started to cry happy tears. I was so excited the rest of the night that I almost could not sleep. I ran towards people to let them know I did it. I accomplished my major goal for the summer.

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hey molly it is me Zoe from camp I remember when I climbed on the wall and stopped in the middle of the wall. I remember seeing you climb up to the top and start laughing and screaming with joy while I was crying because I was so happy for you and when I woke up the next morning the first thing I saw was you holding you crutches up and running to the counselor and I don't totally remember but I think you ran about 18 feet!!!! Keep up the good work!!! I hope I see you soon, Zoe

Hi Molly - Mazel tov on climbing so high! We all have challenges, and you are a role model for kids and adults because you didn't allow yours to stop you from reaching your goal. Thanks for sharing your story so articulately! Rosanne Selfon, Camp Harlam Chair