Challenge Mountain Reports the Success of SPIRIT 2022 Day Camp

BOYNE CITY — The 2022 Spirit Day Camp hosted 55 camper experiences over 12 days, all made possible by donors and volunteers.

According to Challenge Mountain officials, the changes made in 2021 due to safety protocols were so well received that this new SPIRIT day camp format welcomed enthusiastic campers for three four-day sessions in July and August.

“It’s been another amazing summer of activity and fun,” said program director Linda Armstrong. “We have received positive feedback from campers, families, caregivers and volunteers with a collection of photos for memory books.”

The SPIRIT day camp is offered each summer and includes outings that allow people living with disabilities to stay connected to their community while enjoying outdoor recreational activities with friends.

Campers and volunteers participate in Challenge Mountain's 2022 Spirit Day Camp.

Throughout each camp session, outings and destinations vary with experiences ranging from golfing with The First Tee in Boyne Highlands, to bowling at BC Lanes, enjoying a concert in the park at Petoskey, playing adventure golf at Pirate’s Cove, enjoying local lakes with kayaking and fishing, and more.

“Thank you to our generous donors who make this camp possible,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Looze. “This is an annual tradition for many campers who look forward to reconnecting with friends year (after) year.”

For more information about SPIRIT Day Camp and other year-round, suitable programs, visit challengemtn.org or call (231) 535-2141.

Challenge Mountain is a non-profit organization established in 1984. Each year, Challenge Mountain connects more than 1,800 children, youth and adults with special needs to life-enhancing recreational activities, such as adaptive skiing and biking, kayaking and boating, cultural and natural programs.

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