Camp Harmony to begin June 2

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
This 2016 file photo shows children enjoying the day at Camp Harmony in Augusta. -

AUGUSTA — Camp Harmony in Bracken County is once again accepting registration for the day-long camp.

This is the sixth year for Camp Harmony, which caters to children living with disabilities, according to Camp Co-coordinator Terri Srinivasan.

Srinivasan said the camp will have the typical amenities and activities this year, but there will also be a few additions.

“This year, the people who run the Filthy 5K actually split their proceeds between Sprinkles of Hope and Camp Harmony,” Srinivasan said. “That gave us an opportunity to add more activities for the children.”

According to Srinivasan, some of the activities available for children will be inflatables, including a bouncy castle, a wet slide, fishing station, horseback riding and horse grooming, carriage rides, a sand and water station, art station, music station, planting and trails.

“We’re also going to have a puppet show for the children that will begin at 10 a.m.,” Srinivasan said. “We’ll have the Madcap Puppets performing. We also plan to have a tree swing for the children.”

Lunch will also be served by the Bracken County Extension Office. However, those with allergies are asked to let camp administrators know and to provide their own lunch for their child.

There will also be several volunteers available for the day.

“We usually have 30 to 40 volunteers, so each family will have an ambassador and then we’ll have volunteers at each of the stations,” Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan said the camp began several years ago when she was talking about her own child with Karen Swolsky, who owns one of the farms.

“They offered their camp if we ever needed a place to just go and spend the day,” she said. “I mentioned it to the Allison Parker who thought it would be a great idea to have a place for kids with disabilities to go and have activities. It just kind of started from there.”

The camp will take place on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Swolsky and Wehling family farms.

“We’re on two farms this year,” she said. “The Swolskys and Wehlings have been wonderful to let us use their property in order to have this camp each year.”

Anyone wishing to attend the camp must register by May 26, 2018. In order to register, contact [email protected] or [email protected] or call 716-515-8019 or 606-301-3842.

Children attending the camp must be accompanied by an adult and a liability waiver must be signed.

This 2016 file photo shows children enjoying the day at Camp Harmony in Augusta. 2016 file photo shows children enjoying the day at Camp Harmony in Augusta.

Christy Howell-Hoots

[email protected]