Water worries for Camp Good Days

Updated: 08/05/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 08/05/2014 11:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Water worries again at Camp Good Days on Keuka Lake. Fast moving waters are creating concerns for the camp, which was devastated by flooding back in May.

The damage there forced the opening of camp this summer to be pushed all the way until July, and now camp officials are on high alert again.

“My challenge was I needed to get it opened by the Fourth of July so we didn’t have to cancel any of the children’s programs,” said Gary Mervis.

Owners Gary and Wendy Mervis have been here before, waiting, hoping and praying for no more rain. After May storms heavily damaged the camp, cabins had to be gutted and renovated and one was torn down and rebuilt. Now, camp officials say they’re once again on pins and needles.

“All that work that we did to clean up, to make it look nice, to clean up to hopefully prevent it from happening again. Unfortunately, some of that we’re going to have to redo again,” said Gary.

But it’s not the buildings that the Mervis’ worry about, it’s the programs for the kids. Camp Good Days caters to children with cancer and sickle cell disease, and every week is booked with a new group of kids.

“I just don’t want to have to say to kids who were looking forward to coming to camp that they can’t because of the flood. It would be like telling them there’s no Christmas this year,” Gary said.

Mervis is talking about children like eight-year-old Anders Swanson. The rain and flooding haven’t put a damper on his fun.

Lynette: “So you’ve been playing outside, and not worrying about the water?”

Anders: “No, but we got stuck this morning on a boat.”

Lynette: “What happened?”

Anders: “We were stuck, and we had to have a couple of counselors come out and rescue us.”

Sand will be delivered around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and that’s where you come in. The Mervis’ are looking for volunteers to help bag sand and shore up the camp. Meanwhile, the DEC will have a crew out to come up with a plan to clear out debris.

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