As published on Petoskey News-Review – October 14, 2022
Amazing memories, lasting friendships:
Challenge Mountain reports 2022 SPIRIT Day Camp success
BOYNE CITY — The 2022 Spirit Day Camp hosted 55 camper experiences over 12 days, all made possible by donors and volunteers.
According to Challenge Mountain officials, modifications made in 2021 due to safety protocols were so well received, this new SPIRIT Day Camp format welcomed excited campers during three four-day sessions in July and August.
“It was another amazing summer of activities and fun,” said program director Linda Armstrong. “We’ve received positive feedback from campers, families, caregivers and volunteers alike with a collection of photos for the memory books.”
SPIRIT Day Camp is offered each summer and includes outings that allow individuals living with disabilities the opportunity to stay connected to their community while enjoying outdoor recreational activities with friends.
Throughout each camp session, outings and destinations vary with experiences from golfing with The First Tee at Boyne Highlands, bowling at BC Lanes, enjoying a Concert in the Park in Petoskey, playing adventure golf at Pirate’s Cove, enjoying local lakes with kayaking and fishing, and more.
“Thanks to our generous donors who make this camp possible,” said executive director Elizabeth Looze. “This is an annual tradition for many campers who look forward to reconnecting with friends year (after) year.”
Challenge Mountain is a nonprofit organization established in 1984. Annually, Challenge Mountain connects over 1,800 children, youth and adults with special needs to life-enhancing recreational opportunities such as adaptive skiing and biking, kayaking and boating, cultural and nature programs.