The Salvation Army’s Port Clinton Unit provided a group of 24 boys and girls who were 6-12 years old from Ottawa County five days filled with swimming, canoeing, hiking, outside sport activities, singing, role-playing, arts and crafts and lots of fun.
The youngsters got up early on Monday morning, June 20-, loaded a chartered bus filled with snacks and fun and headed to Camp NEOSA in Carrollton, Ohio. They returned on Friday, June 24.
The bus trip proved to be the beginning of the whole Camp NEOSA experience. The children enjoyed breakfast and lunch donated by Bistro 163 along with new pillows, pillowcases, flip flop sandals and new beach towels donated by Peace Lutheran Church.
Camp NEOSA (Northeast Ohio Salvation Army) is one of the many programs offered by The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit. Its camp experience provides an atmosphere where campers learn skills in developing their physical, social and spiritual needs. To assist in the development skills of each camper, the camp is aimed at helping to learn good health habits, provides an opportunity to contribute to and receive from a group living experience, and participate in activities that stimulate creativity and foster independence.
The Port Clinton Service Unit has provided this opportunity to approximately 35 to 74 campers each year for the past 23 years. Currently, the Salvation Army is taking applications for its “Tools for School.”
These programs are made possible by the generosity of members around Ottawa County, the Ottawa County Community Foundation, a Harry Stensen Grant, Peace Lutheran Church, Ottawa County Health Department, Bistro 163 and multiple Ottawa County donors.
If interested in finding out more information on programs or donations offered by the local Salvation Army-Port Clinton Unit contact Executive Directer Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769).