Woodburn sends 74 to Christian camp
Woodburn Week at Canyonview Camp was the week of June 19, with 74 Woodburn area children ages 6-11 riding a bus each morning to experience the Silverton facility's day camp.
Campers took part in various activities, including horseback rides, canoeing, swimming and Bible class.
Through volunteer efforts and fundraising, each family was able to send their child for a third of what it would normally cost, volunteer and organizer Lance Kamstra said.
He added that Mid Valley Community Church along with Hope Lutheran Church were instrumental in registering and organizing the event.
More than $9,000 was raised through various means, from community donations to fundraising activities at local events during the spring.
"We are planning to make this an annual event and expand our efforts as more and more families will be able to experience our ministry," Kamstra said.
When Kamstra started to promote the camp in Woodburn, he learned that many young people face barriers to attending camp, like money.
"We're finding there are a lot of kids who have never gone to camp before," Kamstra said in April.
Canyonview Camp has been in operation for more than 50 years, offering family work camps, horseback riding camps, overnight camps and day camps with a non-denominational Christian foundation.