Welcome to Our Community Cares Camp in Richmond, Vermont!
We offer children from Richmond, Huntington, and Bolton, Vermont the opportunity to participate in a free, fun and engaging summer camp program on the grounds of the Camels Hump Middle School. Our camp provides the kids in our community with emotional and physical food to nourish the whole person.
How to apply?
Do you know a child from Richmond, Bolton, or Huntington Vermont who might benefit from supportive and stimulating camp experience in our own community? If yes, please contact us here.
Community Service Project: Leadership Adventure Camp Hosts Local Seniors at Luncheon.
On Thursday, July 24, The Leadership Adventure Camp at Camels Hump Middle School hosted area seniors at a luncheon. The LAC campers prepared a number of dishes to please the palate. Included were a number of salads; cucumber and dill, green tossed salad, potato salad, southwest chopped salad and fruit salad. The entre was a broccoli and quinoa quiche and there was apple cobbler with ice cream and whipped cream for dessert. The campers worked on Wednesday to prepare the dishes.
When Thursday arrived, the campers divided into teams. One team greeted the seniors at the curb and escorted them around the LAC and Our Community Cares Camp (OCCC), showing off all the activities going on at the camps. Then they seated them at tables decorated with fresh flowers in Mason jar vases painted by the campers. Another team of campers took luncheon orders and a third team of campers sat and chatted with the seniors.
After lunch, OCCC campers Cerrie Dube, Parker Pitone and Carly McDonald along with guest musician Buddy Dubay entertained the seniors on ukulele with a rendition of “Amazing Grace”. OCCC campers have been learning how to perform thanks to a grant from a local foundation. Following Amazing Grace were LAC campers Amelia Sanborn and Morgan Cross who sang an a cappella version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Their beautiful, clear voices brought a tear to more than one eye.
The seniors were delighted with their meal and their hosts. Harriet Riggs, 95, local Richmond Historian thought it was so nice to young people learning the social graces. She was very impressed with their poise and comportment. Catherine Coggio recalled that she had been involved with the summer food camp in its earliest years in the 1990s. “I am so pleased to see how much it has grown,” she said. Mary O’Neil, retired teacher and OCCC Board Member was also very impressed with the talent and abilities of these young people. “The food was excellent and the hosts were wonderful.” She said.
After lunch, the floral bouquets were raffled off as door prizes along with several mini greenhouses with herb seeds. So many seniors got to bring home a memento of their afternoon with the LAC. There was also a program with an introduction to the LAC project and a dedication to remember Fran Walker, a local resident who had been an avid suupporter of the camp.
Chittenden East Supervisory Union Superintendent John Alberghini remarked, “
The senior citizen luncheon was a great idea. It is great to bring together students with seniors.”
The luncheon was a community service project of the Leadership Adventure Camp (LAC). The Leadership Adventure Camp is a project of Our Community Cares Camp (OCCC). The LAC is for older middle school students. OCCC president Marie Thomas said “We like to see our young leaders perform some community service, not only to thank the community for their support of our summer camp program, but to experience the joy of giving to others.”
Campers and seniors were all very happy on Thursday.
Also in attendance were Dana Jeffery from the Ben & Jerry Foundation. Jeffery and a colleague were visiting the camp to see how their grant was benefitting the community. Ben & Jerry provided funds so OCCC & LAC could purchase products from local farms. Jeffery was busy taking video of the camp to bring back to the other members of the Ben & Jerry Community Action Team.
How to support?
OCCC is funded by donations from local business, civic organizations, churches and community members. OCCC has also received grants from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry, Northfield Savings Bank and Tarrant Foundation as well as the USDA summer food service program. If you are interested in supporting our 2013 summer program, please use the donate button in the menu bar above or contact us here.
Check out our newly updated staff page for pictures and bios of our talented and dedicated staff!
Our Community Cares Camp (OCCC)/Leadership Adventure Camp (LAC)
OCCC/LAC/SAC had a wonderful and creative camp season. We had an art show at the Richmond Free Library in August. If you missed it, check out the slide show below.
See the wonderful things that young minds create at the camp that you support.