In August, our casual Fridays benefited Camp Ker-Anna in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Our employees donated $380 towards this very worthwhile cause.
This charity is very special to Loiselle Insurance, because Bob Loiselle, Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, and Brenda Loiselle-DuClos all camped there as children. Melanie’s son and daughter, Mallory and Jacob, are now devoted Camp Ker-Anna campers and are enjoying the family atmosphere, peaceful setting, rustic cabins and the activities the camp offers.
Since 1937, Camp Ker-Anna has provided children with an opportunity to camp in their wooded oasis. It has an outdoor pool, hiking trails, and a waterfront setting for fishing and canoeing. During July, about 60 children between the ages of 9 and 14 participate in a wholesome program including swimming, sports, arts and crafts and an evening mass.
Camp Ker-Anna also offers a day camp from the end of June until the beginning of August. Attending children are usually city dwellers, so they’ve had little or no exposure to the great outdoors. They build leadership skills and make new friends, instead of sitting in front of the television, Xbox, or the computer. It’s an exciting atmosphere and each week features a theme to explore other cultures, food and fun.
Families do not need an affiliation with the parish, and anyone can apply, regardless of income. The camp awards full or partial “camperships” to families in need of assistance. However, the programs are very popular and fill quickly. The camp usually helps around 65 youth with partial or full weeks of day camp and another 65 for overnight camps.
Camp Ker-Anna relies on private donations and funds raised from their Annual Bake & Festival in August. The money raised pays for camperships and lowers the cost for all campers. They also use donations to maintain the property and buildings.
This year, the event was held August 7th with over 50 people attending. A white elephant sale, games of chance, a dunk tank, penny social, and raffles brought in well-needed funds for another year. Of course, the highlight is always the food. Besides hotdogs and burgers, the festival featured all-you-can-eat clam cakes and chowder.
The legacy of this camp is its enduring nature. Many volunteers received a campership when they were young and they felt so strongly about the experience that they contribute today to continue the tradition. Employees, volunteers, and campers tend to return year after year, because of the healthy, happy atmosphere.
For more information on Camp Ker-Anna, call 401-333-2286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Facebook page for upcoming events, news, photos and testimonials of the value of the camp.