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Retirement of Camp Director Bridge Reilly Costello

Recently, personal demands have increased and are creating more demands on my “non-professional” hours. As a result, I may not be able to give full attention to the camp as I have for the last decade. And I do not want to short change the camp. And so, it is with reluctance but contentment that I tender my resignation as the Executive Director.

Camp Pa Qua Tuck has grown so rapidly in the last decade. I feel as though we hit the ground running and haven’t stopped. We have identified these challenges as a group, and we always tried to meet them head on. The future promises additional growth and that is so exciting! I have thoroughly enjoyed my part in meeting many of those challenges. I hope to remain a friend and supporter of the camp for as far as I can see into the future! The young people and the hundreds of staff that I have recruited, and worked with have added immense meaning to my life, along with the hundreds of volunteers who I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with. And meeting parents whose struggle is very real, well, the entire experience has been very humbling.

The campers…ah the campers! Such a joy to have these children and young adults in my midst every day. How lucky was I to have experienced the truest form of love and admiration in the arms of a non- verbal child who just wrapped their arms around me with a smile! They kept me grounded and mindful of why I was here. I just hope that they feel that having me in their life was as positive as I felt their presence in mine.

Thank you for trusting me with your children, your most precious assets, and I hope that you continue to trust Camp Pa qua Tuck as a “Safe Haven” for campers!

Yours in Camping,

Bridget Reilly Costello

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