Summer Camp Shines

I spent the day with some great young people today.  They are the campers and counselors at the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp.  They come from throughout eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware to enjoy the week of camp in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It didn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful.

From swimming to arts and crafts to building floats and just hanging out and having fun, the camp is all a summer camp should be and more.  More, because MDA creates a setting in which these campers get a chance to meet new friends, to have a great time, but also to be in an environment where they don’t have to explain anything to anybody.

It was great seeing Dennis and Carol Schaeffer, of Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson of Orwigsburg.  Schaeffer’s is one of the top HD dealers in the nation in raising money for MDA.

They and a convoy of Harley owners came to give rides to the campers.

The wonderful folks from Lowe’s were on hand to help build floats for the parade.  This year’s theme is Road Trip and they were in the South today. Thus, the many Mardis Gras and racing themes.  Other sponsors and volunteers were there. The Upper Darby Fire Department served a splendid dinner, 24 hours after the Philadelphia Fire Department dished out a meal I heard kids talking about all day. (The ribs were a hit, Local 22.)

The MDA Summer Camp is a week of optimism.

While the Association’s aim is to cure neuromuscular diseases, the camp shows why MDA is an organization of heart, for it it seeks to help people in every way and to do so today.

Make a muscle. Make a difference.

To help those who are hurting

Major Robert Dixon

The Salvation Army told us today it is ready for its Christmas in July campaign.  You’ll be seeing the familiar kettles in Center City every Tuesday in July.

Major Robert Dixon says the need to help the hurting in Philadelphia is great.  The organization last year provided 600,000 meals and 400,000 sheltered nights.  I heard Dixon say today as we gathered at the facility along Conshohocken State Road, “If the Salvation Army were to close its doors, our community (Philadelphia region)  would be in dire straits.”

Besides shelter and nutritional food, SA has music programs, tutoring, computer labs, homework help, the Red Shield House where self-sufficiency is nurtured, and more.  It’s all part of Doing the Most Good.