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Family visits Camp to remember fallen husband and son

A trip to Cameron Boys Camp was a way for Chris Harris’s family to remember him. His wife Britt had only heard Chris’s stories. Now, she was seeing Camp for herself. Her husband’s tales were coming to life. For Chris’s parents, it was a time to reflect.

“Being at Camp saved Chris,” Chris’s father Dennis Kolean says. “Chris had his problems, but between our family and Cameron Boys Camp, we were determined to work them out.”

Chris came to Cameron Boys Camp in 2005 and remained until 2008, Resistant at first, Chris came around and worked hard. The boys and the Chiefs became an extended family.

“Even coming back now, we feel that these campers are part of our family,” Chris’s mom Sue says. “The guys in his group were his buds – he loved them. Camp was the first time Chris had good friends.”

Sue says she had been reading Chris’s letters he sent while living at Camp. “He would write about everything. In one letter, he wrote that the group had stayed up all night ‘getting things right.’” Smiling she says, “He wrote that he was ‘squared’ with everyone.”

When Chris joined the Army, he thrived. It was a group of guys he could trust, just like the Campers had been a few years earlier.

“Walking the same trails again and seeing the campsites, we can’t help but see Chris,” Dennis says. “I also see how much our family’s experience at Camp helped make Chris the man he became.”