Local camp in need of help

March 4, 2011 4:30:14 PM PST
For six decades, Camp Rainbow has provided a one-week camping experience for 7- to 12-year-olds who might not otherwise have an opportunity to come here.

The camp sits on 19 acres in Upper Salford Township along the Perkiomen Creek and trail.

It's a non-profit facility, funded in part by Montgomery County and by private donations that come mostly from companies and corporate sponsors.

But this year, Camp Rainbow has come up short in its efforts to close its budget gap.

"If these kids can't go to camp and experience this experience, they're going to be on the streets of our cities," says Executive Director, Peter Kranz.

The camp has expanded its program this year, adding 13 to 16-year-olds to its roster and it's also widening its focus.

"We're actually learning skills that are going to help us not only in our schools, but in our communities, and homes," Alex Fizz, the Camp Rainbow director, told Action News. "

Krista Rundell is a teacher at nearby Pottsgrove High School and now a camp, board member. "I'm also a parent... and I'm very confident that Camp Rainbow is able to offer those skills."

The camp operates for 6 weeks each season, offering dozens of activities and learning experiences.

Unless Camp Rainbow raises about $75,000 by May its doors won't open for hundreds of deserving children this summer.