After taking after-school CircEsteem classes at his school, I overheard my seven year old saying to friends that he was going to Circus Camp over the summer. News to me but I signed him right up because generally-speaking my son wants nothing to do with camp. He loved every minute of the two consecutive weeks he spent in their incredible space and my husband and I fell in love with it ourselves. Everything from the shows they performed to the warmth of the staff to the spirited chant they end everyday with: “ooo I feel so good, just like i knew I would” over and over, louder and louder. I’ve been singing it all summer (much to the chagrin of my son). I was particularly enthralled by their mission. My son had the opportunity to interact with a much more diverse set of kids than he has anywhere else in his life. I love that they serve the wealthiest schools to the most underserved schools. Most of all I loved hearing my son coo “Mum, you can get sooooo close to the counselors. They’re so nice!” He will be taking classes again this year and wants to go for three weeks next summer.