Businesses in the Corry community over the years have taken the reins in providing scholarships for children to attend summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek.
This year is no different, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Corry Federal Credit Union, Rossbacher Insurance Group and Miracle Mountain Ranch are partnering once again to offer a scholarship opportunity for children to attend a weeklong day camp at the ranch, but those interested must act quickly.
Kids interested in a scholarship must email an essay on why they'd like to attend summer camp to email@example.com by Friday.
Miracle Mountain Ranch in past years has been able to offer sleep-away camps for children in the summer, but because of health concerns, the difficult decision was made to modify those, and stick with day camps.
Chelsea Oliver, CFCU marketing specialist, said 50 children will be chosen for the $150 scholarship that'll allow them to attend a weeklong camp free of charge.
“With everything that has gone on this year, I think that summer camp in any form is essential for kids,” Oliver said. “We are saddened for MMR because we know their true ministry and passion is rooted in the chance to have kids all week with time to experience something on their own, and grow in different ways away from home.
“We glad they are able to provide day camp for the youth in our area and CFCU and Rossbacher are always 100% behind supporting this initiative.”
Brad Allen, Rossbacher Insurance partner, agrees.
“We’re super happy to give back to the community and help provide a summer camp experience for kids where they’ll be shown Christian love and have experiences they’ll remember for a lifetime,” Allen said.
The first round of camps began this week, but three more camps remain. They are the weeks of July 6 to 10, July 13 to 17 and July 20 to 24.
Campers arrive every day at 9 a.m. and begin a full day of activities that include trail rides, rock climbing, games and much more. After some time in Miracle Mountain's barn with animals, the afternoon begins with more activities for campers and some time in the chapel. Parents pick up their campers at 5 p.m.
The cost of one of the day camps is $150, but Miracle Mountain’s Marketing Director Donnie Rosie said their aim is not to let finances stand in the way of a child attending.
“We hope that day camp can be an encouragement to kids and their parents this summer,” Rosie said. “if you can’t afford all of it, let us know and we will help.”
Rosie also said the ranch would welcome any business or individual who’d like to financially assist in sending kids to camp this summer.
More details on the camps can be found at mmrm.org.