Friends of Camp Edwards call it their second home. We call them our family.
From moments spent huddled around a campfire to taking a leap of faith on our ropes course, Camp Edwards is home to countless memories of campers that have spent time with us over the last 90 years. Enjoying the fun and excitement of camp is an experience the Y wants to make summer camp possible for all children that want to come.
That’s why we’re asking you to help make that possible. When you donate, you make cheerful summer memories. You make adventures at Jenks Lake and new friendships happen for kids that wouldn’t have the chance others.
When you give to Camp Edwards you teach children to be stewards of the earth, and you give children of all ages and backgrounds values and skills that will strengthen their characters. Give today for a better us.
Meet Leeonna – a Kids to Camp Scholarship Recipient
After a year full of stress and uncertainty for both mother and daughter, Kimberly wanted a summer for her daughter, Leeonna (9), to enjoy the freedom of being a kid.
Their year had been full of emergency hospitalizations, countless doctors’ appointments, and stress as they tried to discover the cause of Kimberly’s illness. “I never expected to get sick,” Kimberly shared.
Being a single mother meant that Leeonna had to step into such a mature phase so quickly. Kimberly wanted to give her daughter a break. “I didn’t know what I was going to do with her for the summer.” Constant fatigue was just one of the symptoms of Kimberly’s Lupus diagnosis. “I felt so bad for my daughter; I couldn’t even get out of bed.” That’s when Kimberly found the Redlands Y, and saw a poster for Camp Edwards. “Growing up, I was lucky enough to go to camp, and it was something I knew Leeonna would enjoy,” Kimberly said.
After spending days in the hospital and not working, financially, Kimberly didn’t know how she was going to be able to give her daughter that same camp experience. The Y’s Kids to Camp program was able to bridge the gap and allowed Leeonna a meaningful week at camp. “I am just really thankful you gave Leeonna the opportunity to go to camp.” Leeonna said summer camp was the “best week of her life!” She spent a week in the mountains where she learned archery, canoed across a lake, zip-lined, and most importantly, made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
For one week, Leeonna was just able to be a kid again. This would not have been possible had it not been for our donors. When you contribute to our Kids-To-Camp campaign, you make an unforgettable summer possible for children in your community.