Making new friends — at any age — can be daunting. For some of us, it’s as easy as saying hello. For others, it may take some time. We talked to our students during the summer to get their perspectives on friendship, and though approaches may vary, they all agree: friendship is essential to our quality of life.

The EXPLO Toolbox series showcases our students offering their perspectives, advice, and personal reflections on issues that we all grapple with growing up — from making friends to figuring out who you are. It's part of our secret sauce, and it's what makes EXPLO one of the best summer camps.