Remember going to summer camp as a kid? I do! I remember it so vividly as if it were just yesterday. Looking back, I am able to connect some of the dots on my life journey and see this as an instrumental place where I gained courage, took risks, made lasting friendships and had more fun than I ever thought humanly possible.
Now, my children get to have these same wonderful experiences for themselves at YMCA Camp Ernst. They would rather give up a family vacation at the beach than ever give up their weeks at Ernst. This year, Grace will be working CREW. This is in between camper and counselor. She will be there two consecutive weeks in July, learning about service and leadership as well as building the foundations of her life long work ethic. Caroline will be attending the LIT (Leader in Training) program this year. She will be a camper and experience all the fun, but will also enjoy a curriculum learning about conflict management, communication skills and the importance of being a role model. Christian will be filling his days at camp on the banana boats at the lake, going down the giant slide again and again and again, mountain biking, shooting bb guns and archery, experiencing the low ropes course, playing gaga, riding horses and so much more!
I love sending them to Ernst because I know they are gaining the same valuable skills that I did as a child. Some of their very best friends today are friends that they have made over the years at Camp Ernst. Camp is life changing for a child, wouldn't you agree?
I believe that every child should have this opportunity to experience Camp Ernst. However, the reality is that many families simply can't afford it. Our family is joyfully sponsoring one of these deserving children this year and I'm hoping through this CrowdRise page that we can together raise another $600 to send yet another child.
I am honored this year to co-chair our annual scholarship campaign at the YMCA Camp Ernst. Together we are raising funds to send hundreds of children to camp that otherwise couldn't afford to go.
Won't you help me make this a reality for children in our city? Please consider a donation of $10, $25, or $50. Together, we can get just one more deserving child there to experience the joy and adventure. Thanks for considering.
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