Summer camps are one of many childhood-oriented rites of passage, but not every child gets a chance to experience them.
The Moose Jaw YMCA is trying to change that.
Their Fill the Bus campaign raises funds for families who have a hard time coming up with the funds needed to send their kids to summer camp for even one week.
“Last year we spent over $18,000 on camp sponsorship alone,” said Corinne Damaskie, manager of funds development and school-age care for the Moose Jaw YMCA.
“We are seeking donations to help kids go to camp.”
The campaign, which began on March 31, will continue to accept donations until June 30. Camp registration does, however, begin on May 5.
Funds raised will help subsidize the cost associated with enrolling kids in one of YMCA’s summer camp programs.
Damaskie said they’d like to raise around $18,000 again this year. Last year’s funds helped sponsor more than 30 kids attend one of the YMCA’s summer camps.
Those kids came from single-parent family homes, low-income families, families who had fallen on hard times and needed transitional support.
“Certainly requests for financial support does increase each year, but we would like to keep that around $18,000,” said Damaskie.
She did, however, note that extra donations would not be turned aside.
Donations to send a kid to camp for one week, and perhaps multiple weeks, can be made at the YMCA or online atwww.moosejawymca.ca.
The YMCA believes that every child, no matter the circumstances, deserves the chance to reach their full potential. One of the ways they can do that is by attending a camp for one week in the summer months.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks