In the summer of 1992, at age 15, I was hired by the department of child and family services (Washington, DC) to work as a camp counselor. The camp allowed abused and neglected children from Washington, DC an opportunity to get out of “dodge” and visit the Prince William County Forrest for a little fun and relaxation. These children came from broken homes and had trauma resulting from physical, mental and sexual abuse, as well as chronic neglect. I remember some of the stories my campers told me during their stay. The horror was real…and I could relate to some of their stories on a personal level. If you have a camp for abused children in your area I encourage you to go and work…the experience is worth having. I wrote an article that was published in the Ellington Express, the school paper at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I took many pictures during that experience. Please take a moment to view a few pictures below.