FARMINGTON — Thirteen-year-old Pedro Rios marched confidently in his bright blue Junior Leader shirt to greet a man wearing dark slacks and a white dress shirt on Monday afternoon in the middle of Camp Courant's 122nd season.
"Hi, I'm Pedro," he said as he shook the hand of Luke Bronin, mayor of Hartford.
Emboldened, a stream of 7- and 8-year-olds lined up, curious to meet Camp Courant's newest camper. Bronin introduced himself as Luke to the campers and added a personal detail with each, commenting on a cool Celtics T-shirt or wanting to take a closer look at someone's Ninja Turtle lunchbox.
"It's the best," said Bronin,...