South Bend, Ind. Summer is finally here for several kids in the Michiana area. If you are looking for something for them to do, how about going to Camp Ray Bird.
Camp Ray Bird is a week-long camp where kids can do several camp activities like archery, canoeing, swim lessons, swimming, camp fires and more. You can start attending this camp when you 8 years old and can continue to come back every summer until you are 15.
On top of that, it is affordable for any family. The amount you pay for this camp is based off of a sliding scale that changes depending on your income and number of members you have in your family.
“I was actually speaking to a mother the other day,” says executive director David Mui. “I started telling her about camp and she said wow
"I was actually speaking to a mother the other day on the phone, she called, she had heard about camp through her friend so she wanted to call and get some more information," explains executive director David Mui.
"I started telling her about camp, the different activities and things like that and she said, 'wow, that sounds really great. I don't want to sound stingy or anything but I'm a single mom. I have three kids and I was just thinking, what's my oldest boy going to do this summer? He just needs something to do.' So, she asked what it was going to cost her and since our fee is on a sliding scale, I took some of her income information and gave her an estimate of what her price would be and she was just floored, she said, 'this is incredible, praise God this is amazing', that her oldest son would be able to come to camp. She said that she had a seven year old and she couldn't wait until next year for her to come to camp".
Mui says Camp Ray Bird started back in 1919 and it was originally for the city rescue mission. The goal was to provide struggling families a sanctuary. The mothers and children would come out to the camp to raise crops and live while the men would travel back to the city to work.
“A lot of people believe in what we're doing out here so we receive a lot of individual donations. We also receive a lot of donations through a handful of churches, business and civic organizations like the rotary club,” explains Mui.
“I think the fact that people do come back year in and year out is the testament to the quality of the camp that they get here. I see kids start when they're age 8 and they keep coming back until they're 15 and a lot of them come back and work during the summer,” adds Mui.
There are six camp sessions throughout the summer. There is no deadline to register but it is first come, first serve. As we mentioned, prices vary depending on things like income. For more information just click here to the Camp Ray Bird website.