CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A camp counselor found Josh crying alone after a game of "Capture the Flag."
He was scared while thinking about his newly adoptive parents, who had sent him to YMCA Camp Horseshoe in Parsons.
Josh's biological father had signed his rights away, leaving the young boy with the fear of getting close to others.
One night at the camp, Josh finally got the courage to open up about his home life with Dakota Marker, a camp counselor from Brooke County. When he began crying, a fellow camper came over and threw his arm around his distressed friend and began to share similar stories of his own.
The bravery the little boy shared by comforting Josh inspired Marker to demonstrate bravery in her own life.
Josh's story is just one of many successes from Camp Horseshoe, an opportunity available for 7- to 12-year-olds, said Alicia Ridenour, administrative manager for the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA.
"The campers come from varied backgrounds. Some have never known their real parents," Ridenour said. "Others live with grandparents while the parent is in prison or [has] just plain left them. They often feel abandoned."