Beloved Camp Ready for Summer, Thanks to Community
Flooding did a half-million in damage; donors and volunteers now have it looking great.
Camp Ranger Mike Daniher has done a lot of crying over the past 11 months.
He couldn't help but cry when he saw the jaw-dropping flood damage done by two major storms last July at Camp Guyasuta, the Boy Scout camp he manages in Sharpsburg, PA just a few miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. It was one of those "what will we do?!" moments.
Flooding washed out all of the camp's bridges.
Today Mike's tears are tears of joy and gratitude. Thanks to donations and the efforts of more than 4,000 volunteers, the camp is ready for summer and the 34,000 scouts, community kids, even children with disabilities, who will enjoy camping, swimming, the zip line and archery range.
We chronicled the damage and issued a plea for help in January (click here). I went back to see what's been accomplished through your generosity, and it's pretty amazing!
The flooding did $550,000 in damage to the camp, most of which wasn't covered by insurance. If anything, Ranger Mike says, thanks to donations they've actually been able to improve some of the camp's amenities from before the flood, paving and re-paving some of the paths so they're more accessible for campers with wheelchairs and walkers.
Stick-sized trees and shrubs will grow large enough to protect against future landslides.
Mike says those kids wouldn't have been able to come at all this year without the repairs. "We would have operated in a very limited capacity," explained Mike. "We wouldn't have been able to host our handicapped kids who just couldn't make their way through the camp."
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We're just so thankful." Mike Daniher
Even though the camp is back up and running, you can still donate to the Friends of Camp Guyasuta Storm Damage Repair Fund by clicking here . Money will be used for future improvements to the camp.
Click here to find out more about the Camp Guyasuta and all its programs.