The first time at sleep-away camp can be daunting for a city kid. It requires boarding a bus that takes you far from familiar streets and into a new setting. It also means leaving your family and friends, sometimes for weeks, with little communication.
But an escape during the summer can also be transforming.
Brianna Jones would know. She grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and was 8 years old when she traveled about 65 miles north to Camp Anita Bliss Coler, one of the Fresh Air Fund’s five overnight camps.