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Camp Explore - Camp Sunnyside 2017

Camp Explore at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside by Sheri Wren

July 9 – 14, 2017

A record number of our campers (21) enjoyed a fun filled week during Camp Explore at Camp Sunnyside! The week started out pretty hot and humid, but staff kept the kids well hydrated and took many breaks in the air conditioning. Towards the end of the week, we got a welcomed break from the heat which saw many of us a bit more energized! Campers got to experience horse- back riding, archery, paddle boating and canoeing on Lake Cherrio, rock wall climbing, tree climbing, and fishing.  In our down-time, campers read, played UNO, had dance parties, and practiced their drama skills on stage.  We have some very creative campers!

This year we also had Caitlin Hagarty and Jonathan Karli, O&M instructors assist at camp.  They were able to provide students with mini lessons traveling the camp after they completed an activity or had free time to explore.  It is always great to be able to travel independently in all environments. 

A swimming pool renovation was the talk of the week.  What a fantastic opportunity to make swimming even more accessible for all campers.  The renovation includes a zero depth entry, a couple of fountains, a bucket of water that overflows onto swimmers, a ramp, and a 9 ft. deep end.  Very impressive!  We are looking forward to another renovation project with the main lodge being worked on in the off-season.  Very exciting plans for the future at Camp Sunnyside!

This marks the end of year 11 that the Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired have collaborated with Camp Sunnyside to provide support for the counselors working with the campers who are blind or visually impaired.  This collaboration was forged by the incredible work of Phyllis McGowan.  Phyllis has decided that she needs to slow down a little during her summers and is passing the torch to Sheri Wren who is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments in Des Moines.  Phyllis has left a legacy and “large shoes to fill” as she has grown this program into a wonderful partnership. Phyllis has been an amazing leader and mentor and will be greatly missed at Camp Sunnyside. Congratulations to you, Phyllis!   

Check out our slideshow      Slideshow Icon Camp Explore 2017            


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