Why you should volunteer for Camp Catch Up in August

By Mary Kate Gulick, Content Manager

I had my first Camp Catch Up experience in June. The truth is, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in. And I was terrified the kids I was assigned to wouldn’t like me (primarily owing to the fact that I’m a huge nerd). And I was going to be assigned to teenagers. Teenagers! You know, those snarky know-it-alls who like to pick on nerds?

Boy, did Camp Catch Up prove me wrong.

My kids were sweet. They liked to read! And play Scrabble! And they were funny and helpful and cool. We had a blast together, and with all of the other kids too.

The kids in my family – and all of the other families – were so thrilled to spend some time with their siblings. I remember walking behind my kids and the older brother reached out and gave his sister’s hair a tussle. She responded by smiling and giving him a gentle bump on the arm.

It was such a basic thing that brothers and sisters do. And for many of the CCU kids, this is the only time of year they get to show this kind of affection for each other, that the rest of us often take for granted.

I loved everything about camp. The kids. The non-stop playing. The sweet moments and the hilarious moments. Making friends with staff, and watching people enjoy something completely pure and wholesome – the love between siblings.

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE EASTERN NEBRASKA CAMP CATCH-UP ON AUGUST 8-11. APPLY TO BE A CAMP COUNSELOR NOW!

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

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