Lots of you probably have fond memories of fun times spent in summer camps, of old friends you still wonder about, or friendships that have continued for a lifetime.
10 boys with Muscular Dystrophy in Texoma are hoping to start their own summer camp memories soon, but since MDA requires a counselor for each camper the organization is in desperate need of more counselors so no kid who wants to go is turned away.
We sat down with Garrett Ferris, who is preparing for his 6th year at camp, who knows how much the boys look forward to that week each year.
Garrett Ferris says, "The first day all the campers get back to the campground and you see all the friends, all the campers you have made friends with over the last five years. They come up to you, they give you a hug, everybody is smiling, everybody is happy."
The smiles are plentiful as the camp week goes on. The counselors, in some cases, become the arms and legs for the campers.
Ferris: "If you want to get in that pool, we are going to get you in that pool. If you want to go play power soccer and you might not even have a power wheel chair, you are going to play power soccer. If you want to catch 15 fish, we are going to try to help you catch fifteen fish."
Throughout the week you hear lots of clapping and laughter, but there is one thing you will never hear.
Ferris: "There is no can't at camp, you know that is something we try to live by, if you want to try to do it we are going to do it!"
It is up to the counselors to make memories happen, to help these youngsters experience a week when they get to be just like every other kid at summer camp.
Ferris: "It is just a blast, to be able to be with these kids, to watch that smile come across their face, it is something I honestly can't see myself going a year without camp. I love those kids that much, they just have the biggest hearts for you and for each other."
Which is why Garrett hopes other men step up and volunteer.
Ferris: "I can tell you that it is going to be the best experience you have ever had. They set three goals at the beginning of the week and just to watch those kids accomplish those goals and have a blast, have the best week of their year. I would say that is the best part of camp."
Garrett says when camp is over the countdown begins...just 51 weeks until campers and their new and old friends reunite.
Camp runs from June 29th until July 5th and is held in Hinton, Oklahoma.
If you are interested in volunteering as a counselor call 940-696-5581
For more information you can email Barbara- firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about camp go to---> http://mda.org/summer-camp or MDA in general go to ---> http://mda.org/