Stu­dents pick Tran­syl­va­nia for com­mu­nity ser­vice trip

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STEVENSVILLE — This sum­mer five young women from Kent Is­land will travel to Tran­syl­va­nia, Ro­ma­nia, to vol­un­teer as coun­selors at the Tran­syl­va­nia Lead­er­ship Camp. The camp of­fers Amer­i­can and Ro­ma­nian teens the op­por­tu­nity to learn about each other’s cul­tures and learn prin­ci­ples of Amer­i­can democ­racy and lead­er­ship.

This will be the se­cond year trav­el­ing to Ro­ma­nia to vol­un­teer at the camp for sis­ters Caro­line, Vic­to­ria and Grace Wal­worth. Caro­line and Vic­to­ria are both 17; Grace is 15. This year they will be joined by their friends Grace Park, 17, and Natalie Knight-Gri­ifin, 15. Last sum­mer Kent Is­land res­i­dents Brice O’Mal­ley, 17, and Nathan Driver, 17, brought their out­door and sports skills to the camp.

“We had a great time last year, and what we learned about Ro­ma­nia and how other stu­dents our age view the world was re­ally valu­able. We also had a chance to learn about East­ern Euro­pean his­tory and what it was like to live un­der Com­mu­nism. I don’t think a lot of other Amer­i­can teens get that kind of op­por­tu­nity,” said Vic­to­ria.

Tran­syl­va­nia Lead­er­ship Camp is lo­cated in the Carpathian Moun­tains, an hour out­side the beau­ti­ful me­dieval univer­sity city of Clu­jNapoca. At the camp, Amer­i­can and Ro­ma­nian cam­pers and coun­selors par­tic­i­pate in lead­er­ship sem­i­nars, per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice in lo­cal vil­lages and take part in tra­di­tional sum­mer camp ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, swim­ming and arts and crafts. Cam­pers re­ceive Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cates and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Awards from Tran­syl­va­nia Col­lege, an in­ter­na­tional school af­fil­i­ated with the camp.

“We have a few more open­ings for cam­pers and coun­selors,” said Alex Wal­worth, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the camp. “This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for your child to learn lead­er­ship skills and gain com­mu­nity ser­vice credit. It also re­ally stand out on a col­lege re­sume.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Wal­worth at tran syl­va­nialead­er­ship­camp@

Natalie Knight-Grif­fin, Grace Wal­worth, Caro­line Wal­worth, Vic­to­ria Wal­worth and Grace Park will travel to Tran­syl­va­nia for a lead­er­ship camp this sum­mer.

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