McKenney said those programs canceled due to the flooding will be rescheduled, but it seems an inauspicious beginning to the camp’s 35th anniversary year.
“It’s especially tough to start off our camping season this way. Those who were looking forward to a weekend to bond with other adults who understand what they’re going through, I’m sure, are truly disappointed,” she said. “[It’s] so hard to have to tell them they can’t go, as our campers look forward to their time at camp all year long. But we plan on running all of our programs, even if we have to change the dates. We won’t let the kids miss camp.”
That can-do spirit is prevalent among Camp Good Days’ supporters, as well — more than 300 people have already contacted the organization to volunteer time, donations and more to help get the camp put back together.
“Knowing camp, it will be up and running as soon as possible,” Mary Dwyer wrote on their Facebook page (Facebook.com/CampGoodDays79). “Camp will survive. Campers have been through worse.”
Indeed, a little mud and water seems like nothing when you’ve faced down a cancer diagnosis.
“Camp Good Days and all our supporters are tough — we’ll rebuild with all the incredible people that will help get camp back in operation and even better than before,” McKenney said. “It’s just a test, and in the end we’ll be stronger. Although this is devastating, and is so upsetting to see, it’s incredible how it’s bringing people together and encouraging a spirit of volunteerism and generosity. We just can’t thank all those who have stepped up to support us enough. It’s humbling, and we are so appreciative.”
To volunteer to help or ask about donations, call (585-624-5555) or email Amanda Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also send a donation to the camps main office at 1332 Pittsford Mendon Rd, Mendon, NY 14506. An online fundraising page has also been set up to help: firstgiving.com/campgooddays/camp-good-days-flood-relief. Staffers are also in need of gift cards to places like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Target, as well as food or grocery store gift cards to feed the volunteers.