“During this weeklong camp I also conquered one of my biggest fears- the fear of water. I was very hesitant to go on the 10 miles canoeing/kayaking trip that was planned for us because I can’t swim. I was reassured by both Dave and Susan that it would be perfectly safe and I trusted them and went. Looking back I can honestly say it was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.”

Nina Feels the Giving Spirit of GTT – Maine2015…read more


“…it turned out to be a life changing, eye opening, and amazing experience. I’ve learned so much about so many thing in a short amount of time. I’ve met such beautiful people with bright minds. And some of the speakers really made me think about life differently. I couldn’t be more appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to have come here.”

Jazmine’s Eyes are Open – Maine2015…read more


“I want to start off by saying that Grab the Torch has been one of the experiences of my life that I shall not forget. One of the experiences that altered my point of perspective was having Katie Pulsifer speak to us grab the torch girls, about her career & her life story.”

Iddelee Learns About Passion-Maine2015…read more


“The Grab the Torch program has introduced me to so many new experiences, people and things I would never think I would undergo. A couple of weeks ago I would never believe I would be sharing a room with other girls but I adjusted and it was amazing…”

Davion’s Experience – Maine2015…read more


“This week has opened my eyes in a way I never would have imagined. This week has helped me realize that I have not yet found my true identity and my true passion and that I don’t know who I want to be or how I want to affect the world.”

Amy’s Insights…read more


“The program not only taught me so much about leadership, ethics, and the non-profit sector, but also helped me realize that everyone, including myself, has the potential to make a difference for the greater good.”

Isabella’s New Perspective…read more

“…climbing the shrouds on The Mystic and conquering my fear of heights was truly an experience of a lifetime. The skills that were taught to me at the GTT Camp will be held onto forever. “

Zulma Overcomes Fear…read more

“It was the experience of a lifetime and I hope to return if I am welcome. My younger sister has complained about how I have hardly stopped talking about camp since I came home! I am so grateful for the incredible opportunities that you have afforded me in such a short time.”

Caroline’s Camp Experience…read more


“When the people around me ask about it, all the faces of Grab The Torch come into my mind and remind me of all the friendship, leadership initiative, knowledge of giving in a corporate setting and love that I gained at the camp.”

Maddy’s Self-Confidence…read more


Mr. Aldrich,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this unbelievable opportunity. After overcoming fears, learning about non-profits, servant leadership and becoming more confidant, I can honestly say that this has been one of the best experiences of my life. You genuinely care about us and GTT, and that is truly inspiring. If there’s ever an opportunity in GTT, especially Colorado, please let me know. Stay in touch.



“Out of all of the experiences you provided us, our visit to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was the one that spoke to me the most by far. If you were to ask any of my family members, you would realize just how much it affected me, I have not stopped talking about it and I can go on for hours.”

Samantha’s Goal to Get Involved…read more

“Throughout the week, listening to everyone’s clear plans for their futures intimidated me because I have never really known what I would like to do with my future. I’ve always had a few ideas in the back of my head but I always thought that they were too big and that I would never accomplish them. This week has taught me that I can dream big and if I work hard enough I can achieve my goals.”

Chloe Looks to the Future…read more

“I also am very grateful for the leadership skills I learned while at camp. They have been very helpful while leading my class and also in many other ways, especially when I’m visiting colleges and talking with college representatives. I am just so thankful for what I learned at Grab The Torch and am so glad I went and I hope maybe I could come again.”

Isabelle’s Leadership Experience…read more

“Grab the Torch was the opportunity that enabled that growth. From the very first day of the camp, when we visited the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, I could tell that something special was happening. As soon as we walked onto the campground, I could feel the magic and emotion that you had told us about.”

Nola’s Inspirational Week…read more