NORTH ANSON – The Kennebec River was crowded with close to 300 kayaks and canoes filled with people with a heart for others.
The 21st Annual Paddle for Pine Tree Camp had people paddling to raise money for Pine Tree Camp, which provides camp experiences to more than 600 people living with disabilities.
“People have compassion – they understand and want to help,” said Amy Bouchard, a parent of a camper attending Pine Tree Camp, “It’s a great thing.”
“It allows us to continue to provide all the great camping experiences for every camper that wants to come,” said Dawn Willard-Robinson, the camp director.
All proceeds will ensure anyone who wants to attend camp can, so that kids like Tristan Bouchard can continue to see his friends each year.
“I love coming here and seeing all of these people,” said Tristan.
Since 1945, the camp has provided campers with fun recreational activities.
“They’re always so excited,” said Willard-Robinson, “They are always talking about camp, getting ready or telling what happened after their camping experience. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great job to have.”
“It means a lot to be able to send your child that has issues some place and you don’t have to think about it – you don’t have concerns,” said Bouchard.
They are hoping to raise close to $70,000.
“It’s safe. Everyone cares,” said Bouchard, “They’re watching out for each other – the campers watch out for each other.”