Saturday, June 25, 2011


This week I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places – YMCA Camp Takatoka.  This camp continues to have a great influence on my family.  I enjoy doing what I can to support this camp including raising money to send kids to this camp.  But seeing the results first hand is spectacular.

Thursday was the monthly Camping Services Advisory Board meeting and we chose to hold it at Camp Takatoka located on Fort Gibson Lake.  There were 14 board members, donors and family enjoying the evening outdoors with the campers and staff.  We were able to have dinner with the campers and then be a part of Thursday Night Live, a skit and awards event. 

There were many great experiences that evening, but one really stands out.  I sat for a few minutes at the dinner table with the half-and-half group.  This was a great group of smiling 7 year-olds wanting to tell me everything about their second day at camp. 

As I was returning to my table a 10 year-old at the next table said “You should sit with us now.”  When I asked why he responded “because we are awesome kids having an awesome time at this awesome camp!” 

In three seconds, this kid expressed the true feelings of his week at camp.  More importantly, this short one-week experience will stick with him the rest of his life.  This is exactly what I think of camp and why I’m supportive of these programs.

Please join me in supporting YMCA camp programs such as Camp Takatoka and Westside YMCA by donating at