Having grown up in Iowa, the great outdoors were a part of my everyday life. Tent camping, boating, swimming in the creek, catching tadpoles - these were things we did everyday and we didn't think twice about it.
Giving my children the opportunity to experience that lifestyle is something that's always been important to me and luckily, Camp Ernst makes it possible.
My husband and I first discovered Camp Ernst three years ago and it was life changing. Not just for our oldest son, but for our entire family. It all started with Sean. Sean got his first experience with Camp Ernst when he attended Spring Fling, a weekend-long camp experience. While it was hard at first for me to accept he could survive (without me...) away at camp, it was an amazing experience for him. He came home more confident, more secure, and excited and proud of all he had accomplished. It was that weekend that sparked his love for the outdoors.
Since that first Spring Fling weekend, our love and involvement with Camp Ernst has continued to grow. Our entire family has attended two sessions of Family Camp, and Sean's not only participated in additional Spring Fling weekends, but he's now completed two full weeks of summer camp and is looking forward to completing his third this summer.
Some Things to Know About Camp Ernst:
- Provides outdoor adventures and fosters friendships among more than 3,000 youth each summer
- Encourages youth to express themselves in a positive and creative way, through the arts program which includes music, movie-making and visual arts
- Builds a love of healthy outdoor activities like mountain biking, kayaking and swimming
- Provides more than $145,000 in camp scholarships to more than 300 youth each year to allow them to benefit from the camp experience
I share all of this because I truly believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp at Camp Ernst. Every child should have the opportunity to experience all that the outdoors have to offer. As such I am asking if you will help me raise $595, the amount needed to send a child Camp Ernst for a week. With your help we can give an amazing camp experience to a little girl or boy who might not otherwise have the opportunity.