"My son Brad Winter attended your camp many years ago. It remains one of the most positive experiences of his life." Happy Trails,
Dear Eustace and Desere: Thank you both for letting Krystal come to camp this year. She is always telling us about something she learned or did. She was proud of herself. I feel it is the beginning of something wonderful for her, a greater appreciation of nature and what life is about. She is more aware of a different way of living, not just t.v. and stuff from Walmart.
Turtle Island was the highlight of my study abroad in the USA last year. You have created such an ideal place. I was really lucky and happy to visit Turtle Island. I still remember how beautiful it is, How I took care of the horses and how delicious the food was! Thank you again for having me.
I had a very valuable experience while attending adult camp this summer. I have taken a great deal from the experience.
"We loved our Turtle Island Adventure! It definitely exceeded all of our expectations and was truly a life-changing experience."
Father and Son Camp June 2010
Dear Eustace Conway:
I cannot describe the incredibly powerful experience you provided for me at your camp. In every aspect your camp is more educational, powerful and meaningful than any camp I have ever been to. I will never forget the experiences I had with the night walk, sleeping in our own tipis, learning to bead necklaces, building emergency shelters and most importantly, the challenge of polar-bearing at 6:30 in the morning in extremely cold water. These activities taught me to challenge myself and to reach my highest potential. I encountered many experiences, which I never thought I would do in my right mind. For example, plunging into the stream in October and going all of the way under was an incredible challenge.
Most importantly, I earned a deeper understanding and reverence for Mother Earth her plants, animals and children. I learned to respect and appreciate the Indian cultures and know the earth. To me, the society in which I live, with its big factories and cities which are like putting the earth on slow-bake, is the greedy and uncivilized culture where as many people say your society is uncivilized because you do not use modern toilets. They say your society is primitive but I will speak out against that stereotype and challenge others to believe in my realization.
On my last day, I cried while walking to the bus to leave. Your camp touched my heart and I want to thank you for that experience.
9th grader, Durham Academy
To Eustace and the staff at Turtle Island:
Thank you for asking me to be a part of your community. A special thanks to everybody for the time, wisdom, and guidance you are sharing with today's youth. It is just awesome that the children of today can experience your different lifestyle out of their comfort zones. Sometimes children can become overwhelming and test you to your limits, however YOU make a difference in their lives. On a personal level, Turtle Island has made an improvement in my relationship with my son Tristan. We now have a better understanding about each other and I owe it all to a 2 week long boy's camp a few years ago. Your efforts, values, and beliefs are not ignored by the youth you come in contact with. Please keep up the good work because today's youth needs it.
Part time summer camp support staff, paramedic, and parent
Hey! I wanted to thank you for the great time you allowed us to have I learned more up there in 3 days than anyone could ever teach me in 1 month. Now, I dont walk outside without noticing the plants and their names and the beautiful weather.
Burlington Day School