From Brooke Lukensmeyer “Debsconeag Lake, Awake, Awake!” Our voices, 15 strong, echo across the water, a resounding chorus filled with the eager anticipation of summer and heralding the arrival of campers. For the past two weeks we have been hard at work preparing ourselves and camp for the summer. With yurts in order, food and equipment packed for trips, and various loose ends tied up, we are finally ready to make the journey to Wiscasset to meet our campers. Rewind 12 days… We came together in a whirlwind, many of us coming to camp straight from school or spring jobs, with hardly a day to switch gears. Three days into training we packed up our canoes and dry bags and drove north for a five-day training trip on the St. Croix River. Under a bright afternoon sun we loaded gear into our nine canoes and set off down the river. For the next five days our skilled leaders, Naomi and Hans, shared their skills and expertise with us. Many of us were new to Girls’ Camp, and the veteran staff welcomed us with open arms and offered sage advice and wisdom. Together we marveled at the beauty of the St. Croix, strengthened our paddling skills, and quickly developed a tight-knit community. Back at camp we spent the weekend learning the “Northwoods Stroke” from the renowned paddler, Garrett Conover. Garrett entered our community as if he had always been a part of it and shared wisdom from his many years of paddling and trip leading. Of the many thoughtful words he offered us in conversations at the dinner table and around the fire, one in particular stuck with me. He told us that every person has a radiance shining from them, and every person’s light is unique. It is our unique qualities coming together (our lights joining with one another) that make our community the brilliant place that it is. Although we come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, we are united by our love of the outdoors and our desire to give girls and young women meaningful wilderness experiences. The community at girls’ camp changes from year to year as staff and campers change, but the heart remains the same. Standing atop the cliffs on the morning we left for Wiscasset, each of us looked down on camp with the same hopeful anticipation: We are ready to share our radiance with our girls and eager to help them each discover the unique light that lives inside themselves.