CORNVILLE – Kylee Thorndike, a teenager from Cornville, had a big smile when thinking of her favorite summer camp memories.
Kylee has attended Pine Tree Camp in Rome since she was 8-years-old.
The outdoor camp works to make sure kids and adults with disabilities get a chance to enjoy everything Maine has to offer in the summertime.
“I love camp!”, Kylee said.
The camp’s fully accessible campus offers opportunities to hike, swim, fish, and Kylee’s favorite part – the “cabin wars”. Last year’s competition was superhero themed and Kylee said her cabin won.
“My cabin was Wonder Woman,” Kylee said with a smile.
She said she’s most looking forward to seeing her friends again when camp starts up in late July.
Family members get to go as well. Kylee and her sister Maddy are so close with their camp friends they call them sisters, too.
Maddy said her favorite part of camp has been, “going to lunch and seeing everybody because we all sit together and I like singing songs.”
Kylee has also made paintings and pottery at camp. She said she also likes cheering her friends on at the annual talent show.
“It’s always a joy to hear him sing,” Kylee said of her friend Bradley.
Pine Tree Camp takes in campers regardless of their ability to pay. The Bath Savings Institution Paddle for Pine Tree Camp raises money for camper tuition. This year’s canoe ride on the Kennebec River is Saturday, June 2.
Kylee and her family took part a couple years ago.
“Getting Kylee into a kayak was quite challenging,” said Kylee’s father while laughing, “but it was great – she had a blast and we paddled all over the place.”
Don Thorndike said he enjoys going to camp because it’s a week just about Kylee.
“Everybody is normal,” said Don. “No one is treated differently.”
Some members of our news team will be participating in the Paddle for Pine Tree Camp. Anchors Blake Lipton, Gina Marini, Shonna Narine, and Kayla Fish will be there.
You can donate to sponsor their paddle ride by going to this link.