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Meet Cedar

Camp Graduate and Intern

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Rocky Mountain Ascent. This

program is still fresh, and I am honored to be able to be a part of it. I first came into contact with this program through the initial camp, Knights of Heroes.

My father, Kevin Gross, passed away in March 2018 when I was just 14 years old. He

was on active duty through the Army National Guard at the time. As a kid in a gold star family, I was given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, organizations, and camps. I attended my first Knights of Heroes camp in the summer of 2019. I was thrown headfirst into the program and it quickly became my favorite opportunity I had been given. I formed strong friendships and relationships with the campers and staff and continued attending every year until I graduated from the program in 2021.

The next year I returned as a KOH intern, living at camp for a month and helping with camp maintenance and other tasks. While I was there, several foster groups came up to camp and I was able to work with them and see where this program could go. I am currently working on completing my Bachelors in Social Work and I hope to work with youth in group settings, so when I was invited to come back this summer, I jumped at the opportunity.

Working with Rocky Mountain Ascent this summer has been an amazing experience. RMA combines my love of the Colorado mountains with my passion for working with youth. The team is made of such cool people and every person here cares so deeply for every camper who attends and is dedicated to changing lives. Connecting with the youth who come through this program, watching them try new things, and overcome challenges has been such a rewarding experience and I hope I can continue to be involved in the future. Rocky Mountain Ascent is such a special program and I have loved every moment of my time here.

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