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Camper families smile at Camp Korey annual celebration

Camper Katherina Goodwin holds a baby lamb and Camp Korey gardener, Rosy Smit, left. - Courtesy photo
Camper Katherina Goodwin holds a baby lamb and Camp Korey gardener, Rosy Smit, left.
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On Sunday, June 1, Camp Korey opened its gates for its annual Family Day Celebration to kick off the summer season. More than 400 people visited and tried arts and crafts, costumed photos, sports and field games, camp carnival games and other activities.

Camp Korey provides year-round programming for children and their families living with serious and life-altering medical conditions, always free of charge. Many of the attendees are families who have benefited from the program, or new families getting their first taste of camp. “Our Family Day event is a great opportunity for all our camper families, supporters and community members to get together and just have fun,” states Cora Weed, Camp Director. “It’s a great kick off to our summer programing that starts June 23.”

The Family Day celebration included hands-on activities from the Seattle Area Soaring Society, Eastside Fire and Rescue, Pet Therapy with Diane Rich and delicious pizza from Veraci’s Woodfire Pizza.

Camper Korey’s summer camp is a five day residential program, providing safe and universally accessible fun to kids ages 7-16. Campers get to leave their diagnosis at home, and focus on the joy and laughter of childhood, discover their strengths and feel empowered. Each weekly session includes traditional camping experiences like swimming, boating and archery, combined with adventures like rock wall climbing and universally accessible ropes course and zip line. A team of medical volunteers from the healthcare industry see to the care of each camper during their stay.

Learn more at www.campkorey.org.

Parachute and sports on the great lawn during the camp's Family Day.

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