"I wanted, I think, to acknowledge luck: the chance of it, the benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others; made especially savage for children because they may not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it." – Paul Newman on his inspiration for founding The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
The brutality and benevolence of luck is pretty much at the core of any camper’s journey to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and mine starts out much the same.
Remember the story of stone soup, when people were tricked into bringing veggies and spices and dumping them into a big pot with a stone in it?
Camp came about like that. When small group of people stood around a pond and said “Maybe here…” I don’t think anyone realized what they were in for. The people were transformed, the place was transformed, and that was long before our future campers had ever considered “raising a little hell” in Ashford, Connecticut.