Day 1 |
Hello Camp Courageous family,
Camp Courageous hosted its first annual Fishing trip for the residents of Pennington Square and Monticello Nursing Home. It was a perfect day for fishing.
Melissa and I set up everything we needed for this marvelous day to become a a memorable experience for these residents.
Around 10am, we picked up both facilities and drove them to the Durgin Pavilion, where they had sacked lunches. Once lunch was over it was time for some fun! We had 11 residents from Pennington and 16 residents from the Nursing Home ready to relax and catch some fish. Some of the resident just wanted to relax at Durgin, so they sat outside watching the other fish.
For those in walkers we had the EZ-GO dropping them off at the fishing location and the others in wheelchairs, their staff and myself pushed them around the lake.
Once we got to the location the fishing poles were waiting for us, there were three canopies for shade, and some chairs for those who wanted to sit while they fished. The staff and myself got the residents set up with their fishing poles and life jackets and they were ready to catch some fish.
The great thing about fishing at Camp Courageous, you are guaranteed to catch a fish. Sure enough we caught 11 fish, from 12pm-2pm. It was a great afternoon and the residents sure had a great time. They kept talking about how beautiful it was out there. They loved talking about Sheri and Craig’s house. When they found out that you could sleep in the Caboose, they thought that was incredible. One lady was having so much fun, that she told Melissa, “You’re never too Old to have a new experience!” ain’t that the truth. It was truly a marvelous day and We had plenty of shade and nice breeze to prove it.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the front of Durgin. So we got everyone back to the front, to take a group picture and sing happy birthday to Brooke one of the staff members who just turned 21.
The residents and staff thanked us many times for this experience and can’t wait to do it again next year!
We loaded the buses and dropped everyone off around 3pm. We made our way back to Durgin and the lake to clean up and make sure everything was put back to where it belonged.
It was amazing to see so many smiling faces today. We are very blessed to have such a beautiful lake and awesome services available to these residents and to many other people or organizations who would want to take part in our activities. He residents were already asking about bowling !
We will definitely have more trips like this, so we can serve a wide range of individuals. Stay tuned to our next adventure in a week, in St.Louis.
The Travel Team