Wholehearted friendship and civic action: Namaste’s Story

Namaste Roberts (pictured right) has profound friendships. She speaks the language of acceptance. And she understands the personal power she possesses to change the world for the better. All thanks to her experiences as a youth camper at Camp de Benneville Pines.

“Today, I have an appreciation for how deep friendship can run that I otherwise wouldn’t have,” she says on a call from Hawaii where she is now going to college. “My closest friends in life are from camp. We travel for hours to see each other when we can. Not many of my friends from high school are willing to drive even 20 minutes to see each other.”

Namaste “circled out” of high school camp this year and is now a student at the University of Hawaii. As an 18-year-old she got to vote for the first time.

“Camp made me aware of how much voting matters,” she says. “Not only is it my duty, but it makes a difference. It helped me think more critically and get behind things more wholeheartedly.”

It’s not just kids who benefit from camp. Familes and adults trek to Camp de Benneville Pines all year long to get offline and into the woods…to recreate, reflect, and reconnect to what matters most in life.

Your contributions make these experiences affordable and they keep camp welcoming.

Support Camp de Benneville Pines today. Keep camp affordable and welcoming. And right now, every dollar donated will be matched. 

This year, contributions to our annual campaign…

  • helped get more than 30 families to camp on scholarship
  • funded improvements like a new accessible path to allow people with limited mobility to more easily traverse camp’s trails.
  • kept rates low so more people could benefit from the experience the joy, peace, and inspiration that camp offers

Camp de Benneville Pines is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and your gift may be tax deductible.

Thanks for your support!


Camp de Benneville Pines (Tax ID 95-2143254) is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that fosters spiritual and personal growth, environmental stewardship, leadership development, and social justice and action.

Contributions fuel camp improvements and fund scholarships that help keep camp welcoming and accessible for all. Find out how you can help here. 

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