Nurturing Dreams

Hundreds Of Homeport Children Set For Summer Camp Close To Home

Homeport kids this summer are going to be down on the farm, writing skits and dreaming of success. And they barely have to leave their homes to do it.

Thanks to private donations and grants, close to 230 Homeport children, beginning June 8, will have an opportunity to attend camps in or near their communities. It is an opportunity to keep children safe, engaged in learning and out of trouble.

“Camp provides the consistency that school provides,” said Homeport counselor Sean Hukill, who will be working at George’s Creek. “It helps kids to ultimately make better decisions.”

For more than a decade, Homeport has been providing summer and after school activities in keeping with the organization’s holistic approach of building stability and futures.

“We want a community surrounding our kids,” Homeport President/CEO Amy Klaben told Homeport counselors before the start of camps.

Camp provides children opportunities to learn, have books to read and grow their imaginations, and gain access to computers, something not always at home, Klaben said.

Children from eight Homeport communities will have access to camp this summer. Homeport counselors will work with youngsters from Emerald Glen, George’s Creek, Trabue Crossing, Kimberly Meadows and Raspberry Glen.

Similar but slightly different camp experiences will be provided to children at Homeport’s Pheasant Run, Marsh Run and Bending Brook apartment communities thanks to partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Columbus Area Integrated Health Services and the YMCA.

Children at the Homeport run camps will have an opportunity to write skits and plays, learn self-esteem, be educated on nutrition and understand how to deal with peer pressure. Petting zoos will also arrive, providing interaction with chickens, goats, turkeys, rabbits and ducks.

Klaben told Homeport instructors to exchange information with Homeport children, from where they grew up to where they attend college to what they aspire to do career wise.

“The win is when they look back at camp and say ‘I had a fabulous person working with me who went to Italy or Washington to study. I can do this too,’” Klaben said. “They need to dream to complete high school, to get a certification or go to college. That is your job, to help them dream.”

(To learn more how you can support Homeport summer and after school programs, contact Peter Tripp, Director of Donor Relations, at 614 545-4853 or peter.tripp@homeportohio.org)