Updated: 07/06/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 07/06/2014 5:10 PM WHEC.com
A local camp will officially open after devastating flooding ripped through the grounds nearly two months ago.
Camp Good Days is ready to welcome its first campers on Monday after weeks of hard work. Hundreds of volunteers came forward to lend a helping hand after damaging flooding tore through the Branchport camp back in May.
Camp officials say a destroyed cabin has been replaced with a new building, the picnic area has been revamped and the creek, that caused much of the flooding, has a new barrier. They say all the hard work paid off.
“It’s like the sun is shining down on us, and we’re ready for opening day,” said Camp Director Christina Woods.
Camp staff says they couldn’t have done it alone. Monday marks day one of the summer program for kids and adults battling cancer or other life threatening illnesses.
“Six weeks ago we weren’t sure if we were going to be here, but here we are. The staff and volunteers are super excited to finally open and show everyone what we’ve got,” said Woods.
Woods says Camp Good Days is bigger and better, with its newest cabin raised above the ground to prevent future flooding.
“We had the jersey barriers put in to prevent the waters from coming in and pounding against the building in future rainstorms,” said Otto Harnischfeger, a camp volunteer.
Camp Good Days is celebrating 35 years of service to the community this year.
“We wouldn’t be here on the eve of the 35th anniversary if it wasn’t for all the superheroes that came out. It has multiple meanings because all the campers coming out are superheroes,” said Woods.
Camp Good Days has 75 campers set to come for opening day on Monday.