Camp O’Malley finishes another successful summer!
August 24th, 2011
With school starting just around the corner, Camp O’Malley is quiet without the sounds of laughter, water splashing, camp songs, fire crackling, bouncing balls, whistles and cheers of excitement. The Camp just completed another successful summer serving 454 campers over a 7 week period.
The Camp focused on the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s desired outcome of helping children increase healthy behaviors. At Camp O’Malley, staff educate Campers about healthy living through physical activities that for many may be a new experience, game, or activity. Campers hopefully will have fun being active want to continue the physical activities after their Camp experience. “Teaching Campers to make healthy choices and be active is a natural fit with the population we serve, our outdoor setting and mission,” explained Becky Reed Missad, Director of Camp O’Malley.
The Camp Staff, made up of positive adult role models, teach healthy behavior including eating healthy, staying active, setting goals, staying involved in extracurricular activities, having a healthy self-esteem, and encouraging one another. The Camp teaches these important messages at time of year when at-risk youth do not often have access to enriching summer opportunities.
Camp O’Malley serves kids ages 8-14 through a residential summer Camp experience. No child is ever turned away because they cannot afford to pay. This summer, 94% of our Campers fell below the poverty line qualifying them for a Camper Scholarship. Campers who attend our adventure Camp participate activities like the climbing wall, swimming, canoeing, tubing, high ropes course, team-building, low ropes, sports, arts & crafts, hiking, biking, fishing, dance, healthy living, and nature exploration.