Volunteers assist Camp Good Days in clean-up efforts

Created: 05/19/2014 5:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

There was more cleanup at a very popular summer camp for children and adults touched by life threatening diseases, like cancer. Flood waters severely damaged Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport on Keuka Lake. The people who run the camp are looking for volunteers to help with the cleanup.

On Monday, volunteers tore down a lot of the drywall in a cabin at Camp Good Days. It is just one of the steps volunteers are taking to try to get camp back up and running in time.

Former camper Shaylee Stribing is working hard to get rid of the mud from the place she calls Disneyland. Her memories from Camp Good Days are extra special because her sister had cancer.

Shaylee Stribing said, “This isn’t camp to me, it’s always been so beautiful. Coming back, all those emotions come back to me and I remember being a child here and there’s no place I would rather be right now.”

One hundred other volunteers feel the same way. They want to help. A storm last week flooded a nearby creek and everything from rocks to debris came through the sanctuary for kids with cancer. 

Stribing said, “The ground is covered in mud. There was about six inches of mud on the grass. So we couldn't find the grass. We're digging through that. We're digging through rocks. We're digging through all sorts of debris.”

Mike Giardino, Camp Good Days, said, "We're going to be open in five weeks no matter what. It's very magical down here so we're going to do some magic.  We're going to make a go of it."

They're motivated and working against time, so children battling serious illnesses can enjoy life and be kids again.

Stribing said, “We'll break a lot of hearts if we don't get to have camp.”

If you would like to volunteer, email Amanda Anderson at AAnderson@campgooddays.org or call 315-595-6605 for more information.

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