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Beloved Summer Camp Needs Your Help to Repair Damage

Camp Guyasuta suffered a half-million dollars damage from major storms last July. Insurance coverage didn't cover most of it.

You're probably not thinking about summer camp on this snowy day in the 'burg. But we want you to. Specifically Camp Guyasuta, a gem of a scout camp, nestled in a secluded spot outside Sharpsburg, near the Highland Park Bridge. It's unique because it's considered an urban camp, close to the city where there's not a lot of opportunity for camping.

Here's the problem: the camp suffered big-time damage during the major storms that hit the last July 4th. Flooding and high winds did more than half-million dollars in damage: from buildings hit by trees to landslides and bridges washed out. Most of it wasn't covered by insurance. They're making progress, but they still need your help as I found out when I got to take a tour:

I was a Girl Scout, but camping was not in my repertoire! However, my nephews (the sons of KDKA-TV anchor Susan Koeppen) have gone to Camp Guyasuta and they absolutely love it. So I've seen the difference this camp can make. I was floored when I found out it serves more than 38,000 campers every year!

The good news? The camp "will open no matter what," in March, says Ranger Mike Daniher. A couple of major donors recently came through with gifts that have cut the deficit to about $50,000 (from the $150,000 when I was there). But they still need help.

If you'd like to help make sure this special slice of joy is available for campers this summer and beyond, click here to donate to the flood repair fund. Click here sign your kids or grandkids up for summer camp (they've got a big STEM camp going). Keep up on news and happenings at their Facebook page (click here ).

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