Mariah Carey ‘inspires’ kids during Camp Mariah 25th anniversary visit

Mariah Carey imparted some words of wisdom when she visited the kids at her Camp Mariah summer camp last week (ends04Aug19), as the organisation celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The Heartbreaker singer established the annual retreat in association with non-profit The Fresh Air Fund in 1994, and has continued to sponsor the programme every year since. And as this summer’s campers celebrated the anniversary, the diva paid them a surprise visit.
After being forced to walk the streets of New York in the rain when her car broke down en route, the singer made up for her tardiness by delivering an “inspiring” question and answer session for the young kids.
“I went to one camp that I hated. I really did not have a good experience,” the singer told People. “I try to make the best of whatever situation I’m in, and sometimes I had a lot of fun, sometimes I didn’t.”
In addition to recreational activities, Camp Mariah also focuses on career awareness, which Carey told campers was “the most important thing” in life.
Explaining how she started her singing career, at the age of 12, as a result of her childhood, the Always Be My Baby star added, “I had kind of a tough time growing up with my family and stuff like that, so music was my sole inspiration really.
“I kind of didn’t have that one person that I said, ‘That’s who I want to be’. I had to figure it out on my own. So I started working very young, I worked, I did background vocals… learned about the studio, really put the time in.”
While kids at the camp told the publication Carey’s visit was “crazy and awesome” and “just amazing”, the singer confessed she was equally happy to have made the trip.
“I’ve been wanting to see you guys forever; it’s taken me so long to get here,” she told the youngsters, adding to People, “To think that it’s (the camp) been going on for that long is unbelievable.”
And she tells Good Morning America, “Kids should be able to go to a camp, where they feel safe and they feel like they can learn something, and there’s a lot of kids that have never even left their own block, where they grow up.”
But don’t expect the diva to pitch a tent and spend a night with the campers: “With the right bug repellent and hair and makeup and ensemble I could be outdoorsy – in a photo!” she jokes.