In July and August, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to Camp Ker-Anna. We raised $200, and the company matched it for a donation of $400.
Camp Ker-Anna holds a special spot in the hearts of the Loiselle family. Bob Loiselle attended Camp Ker-Anna as a child, and both Melanie and Brenda attended day and overnight camps. Today, their children attend too as the third generation of Loiselle campers. Many other families have generational ties to the camp which has operated since 1937.
This non-profit summer camp is so appealing, because it offers youth a chance to create memories in the isolated woods of Cumberland. Kids aged 5 to 13 can attend an eight week day camp, while separate boys and girls two-week overnight camps operate in July for 9 to 14-year olds.
Most attendees are city dwellers who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to get out of the city and into the woods. The camp accommodates more than 60 children for the overnight camps annually, and as many, or more, for the day camps.
The camp is unique since it offers a very authentic camping experience in rustic cabins in the secluded woods next to a picturesque pond. It’s open to all children regardless of the family’s income or their race or religion and it is a step away from day-to-day life.
Children can’t bring electronics to the camp, and even the counselors turn in their phones. Instead of electronic games, the children swim, kayak, canoe, fish, practice archery, and participate in arts and crafts. These activities lead to leadership skills and social interaction, instead of watching TV, playing video games, or roaming the streets.
The staff also creates a new theme each week and connects activities to it. One week could be pirate week with an objective to capture the pirate. Whatever the theme, it gives kids and staff a chance to interact and have fun.
Demand is always high for the camp which relies heavily on fundraising and volunteers. Many volunteers were once campers, but now handle cooking, maintenance, the overnight program, and other duties. The only paid staff is the day camp employees and lifeguards.
Full or partial scholarships are available to families in need of assistance. However, the camp always needs donations to continue their scholarship tradition.
Obviously, it’s costly to accommodate so many children and pay for maintenance, insurance, and the camp’s staff. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, email email@example.com or call 401-333-2286 for details.