Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Chance To Go To Summer Camp

Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid?   Swim in a lake during the day.  Share a bunk with new and old friends.  Explore the woods.  Make s'mores and tell stories around a big campfire.   I'm literally singing "Summer Lovin'" in my head right at this moment just thinking about all the fun that occurs at summer camp. 

When you have a child who is born with a disability, you sometimes wonder if your baby will ever have those kinds of memories.  Will they ever have the chance to escape to the woods and create lasting summer memories and friendships?  Will there be people who can both help them with any medical equipment or needs and yet also help them fit in despite any obstacles?  

Fortunately, for both Joey and us, we have an incredible Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs right here in Akron, Ohio.

What does Extreme Arctic Golf have to do with summer camp?  Everything!

On Saturday, February 4, 2012, nearly 1,000 polar bear golfers will converge on the scenic Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio for an arctic golf experience at the Wayne Homes Chili Open.  On that date, the grounds of Hale Farm will be transformed into seven golf courses with nine holes on each course.  Golfers will be challenged to drive shots across tundra and putt balls laden with ice. There will be awards for closest-to-the pin and hole-in-one.  

The best part about participating in the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open Golf Classic is that you will help more than 1,600 children and adults with disabilities attend the Rotary camp next summer!  

Let me repeat that--1600 campers with special needs will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Akron to attend camp in the summer of 2012.  That's a lot of happy campers!

For more than 88 years, the Rotary Club of Akron has sponsored the Rotary camp.  Children with special needs throughout Ohio have been invited to spend a week at camp where they enjoy many traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports and games, team building and more in a convenient and natural setting.  When campers leave Rotary camp at the end of each session, they not only leave with lifelong memories and friends, but they often show more independence as well as a greater understanding of themselves and their abilities.  For more information about the Akron Rotary Camp, please call the camp office at 330.644.4512.  

If you would like to donate to the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open Golf Classic, click here.

If you would like to register a foursome for the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open Golf Classic, click here

If you would like to be entered for a chance for a FREE FOURSOME  for the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open Golf Classic, leave a comment with your favorite summer camp or summer memory.  A random winner will be drawn on Thursday, February 2nd!

Thank you Rotary Club of Akron for making summer camp a dream come true to so many!  

Good Luck!!!!   


  1. I never knew we had something like that around here! I am so excited that C&C could go to camp- ok, not really because I would miss them but... you get it! Thanks for sharing this great info!

    1. Maybe C&C and Joey will all go together!!!! I hope so! Give them a big hug from us!

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    Not sure youwould remember me, Courtney Pavona - I worked at Howard Hanna with you for a short time. . .a while ago :)
    I just found out about the Akron Rotary Camp and will be visiting with my son Race, he has autism, on Saturday. We are very excited and looking forward to a great summer experienc this year because of The Rotary Camp. . .it is wonderful you are getting this information out there. Thank you! Maybe we will run into eachother . . .would love to see you.
    Courtney Pavona Jones

    1. Courtney-- of course I remember you!!! That is so wonderful you and Race are going out to visit!!! Let us know how it goes! We would love to meet Race and hope to see you soon. Thank you for visiting Cowgirl Up!

    2. Courtney!!!!! We did the drawing tonight and your name was pulled as the winner!!!! If you would like to register a foursome for the Chili Open this Saturday-- just message me your information and I'll give you Bill Manby's info. congratulations!!!

  3. Courtney,

    Bill Manby here. I'm the chair of our fundraiser and very involved with our club and the camp. Have fun on Saturday and make sure you ask them if they've finished everything I just requested of them on a conference call today!! Chili Open is a busy time for them all. It is an amazing place!!

    thanks again for the post Jen!!


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