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.

MDA Camp 2011!

Great kids, dedicated counselors and staff, and wonderful volunteers filled out a perfect sun-splashed day at MDA Summer Camp 2011 today.  Camp’s great all week but today the Harley Davidson owners led by Schaeffer’s and Classic HD came to Worcester Township, Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia.  Crafts, too, were awesome.  Tyler made a strap for his guitar.  He is quite the electric guitar master.  He and his counselor, Max, lit up the stage for me for a few minutes.  Tyler is a huge Aerosmith and Beatles fan.   He burned the Beatles logo into his strap. The folks from Lowe’s were outstanding as usual in helping the campers build their floats for the big parade.  This year’s camp theme is “Holidays”, so the kids built floats that fit holidays.  I think the Thanksgiving one was especially clever.  Columbus Day was pretty cool.  I loved what Gracie and Evan, sister and brother,

 did.  They competed against each other.  She was Santa in his sleigh and Evan was a Valentine’s Day card.  He is one hip cowboy.  We cannot say enough about the counselors who genuinely bond with the kids and provide leadership and friendship.  The campers themselves truly love being there.  It’s a chance to be themselves, no constant explaining anything to anybody, and it’s a chance to really enjoy a week of swimming, crafting, hockey or soccer playing, music, pranks, a little mischief, and more.  MDA Summer Camp is fun.  It is made possible  by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which every year also channels tens of millions of dollars into research aimed at curing more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.  This year’s MDA Labor Day Telethon is Sunday night, September 4th, from 6 p.m. to midnight on PHl17 in Philadelphia.  Excuse me, I have to go. It’s time for Twister.

 

Make a Muscle.

Make Difference.

MDA.