Kenai Watershed Forum gets help for new summer camp

Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Planning for summer while enduring these long, cold Alaskan nights may be very beneficial, especially if you're looking for a very fun, practical and educational gift for your child or grandchild this year. Recently the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) announced plans for a new fun and inspirational summer day camp that will be led by KWF's educational director Dan Pascucci. "We are so excited that KWF is launching a summer day camp for children in 2011.

Charlie Weimer, FNBA, presents Josselyn O'Connor, Kenai Watershed Forum with a check to help kids to their new summer camp.

These camps will excite and challenge our children, teaching them to be good stewards of our natural resources in a fun in an inspiring setting. The camps are being designed to stimulate interest in science and our natural resources through fun-filled activities throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

We hope campers will gain a deeper connection to the waters that unit us," he said. The sessions are scheduled to begin in early June of 2011.

"The camps will be every day Monday through Friday and based right at our new headquarters at Soldotna Creek Park. Our plan is to have 9 sessions with up to 15 middle school aged kids in each session. There will be a great science component to each camp with arts and crafts, field trips, and a lot of really fun hands-on activities for each camper," explained KWF's project coordinator Josselyn O'Connor.

According to O'Connor thanks to local contributions they have already raised over $2,000 for camp scholarships for kids who are unable to afford camp fees. "Froso's in Soldotna got the scholarship ball rolling when she opened her new lounge and donated the proceeds from the grand opening 'Merrill-Tini' to the camp fund, and then FNBA stepped up with a very generous donation and now we will be able to help send a lot of kids to camp this summer who might otherwise miss out," she said.

Charlie Weimer, First National Bank of Alaska vice president, said he liked the Merrill-Tini so well he ordered 50 and bought 9 more before the night was over, "Merrill Sikorski and I have been in Rotary together for years, and of course the Rotary motto is "Service above Self" so when he announced that he was going to be donating his services to tend bar making the Merrill-Tini to celebrate Froso's lounge opening, and to raise funds to send some kids to camp, we certainly wanted to support his efforts. Helping the Kenai Watershed Forum and an educational camp for kids is a good thing, but let's be clear - we didn't drink all those Merrill-Tini's!" stated Weimer.

"It was really a great effort," added O'Connor, "Because those dollars were eligible for a two to one matching program and it made for a really neat partnership to jumpstart our KWF summer camp." O'Connor expects enrollment to begin early next year. To learn more about the Kenai Watershed Forum, their programs and membership drive log on to, visit them on Facebook, or call 260-5449.

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