Reflections from Brooke Lukensmeyer, Director of Leadership Training Two days before camp ended, I spent the morning with the leadership-training participants (Northstars) hiking to the cliffs above camp to watch the sunrise and spend some time reflecting on the past eight weeks. Since the beginning of second session, the Northstars were hard at work with everything from leading rec blocks and evening programs to building a 17-foot wooden canoe (the largest in the girls’ camp fleet) and completing their lifeguard certifications. We had our share of adventures during this time as well, exploring the trails and waterways around 4th Debsconeag while learning the ins and outs of wilderness leadership. I feel blessed to have spent the summer leading such an incredible group of young women, and I am very proud of all that they have accomplished over the past two months. They have grown in leaps and bounds as they have taken on leadership roles in camp, stepping up to be positive and inspirational role models for the younger campers. As our final adventure of the session, we attempted to summit Mt. Katahdin. Barely a quarter mile into our hike we decided to turn back due to inclement weather. I had expected the girls to be disappointed, but they handled the situation with maturity and wisdom that is telling of the growth they have had this summer. In making the decision to turn around, they adopted a quote from the map: “The mountain will always be there.” Katahdin will always be there, and hopefully they will someday each get the chance to see more than the foot of the mountain. But until that time, they have others mountains to climb, and they will do so with a confidence and determination that can only be gained through an experience such as this. I have the utmost confidence that each of the Northstars is leaving here with a heightened sense of self-awareness, a greater willingness to face challenges, and a new outlook on life and the world around them.