Camp Corwith, named in memory Corwith Davis ‘95, typically welcomes area campers onto the ground of the Belfield campus for two-weeks of fun and exploration. Each year, the camp is available free of charge for boys and girls from the Charlottesville Albemarle community who otherwise may not have the financial means to attend a summer camp. This summer looked a little different, and Camp Corwith was able to pivot with the times to provide a meaningful experience for the campers.
"The spirit of Camp Corwith prevailed this summer despite Coronavirus.” Jim Kalergis, Camp Corwith Board Member said “When it became clear the camp in its traditional form was not going to happen, Brooke and our community partners quickly pivoted, transforming it into something fit for these new times but also in line with the spirit of kindness and generosity of the camp’s namesake. Pulling this transformation was a testament to the power of the existing friendships of our campers, and the commitment of our student counselors and community partners.”
"We had over 40 campers signed up for this summer” camp director and St. Anne’s-Belfield physical education teacher Brooke Canova explained, “we still wanted to be able to support these children even if we couldn’t hold a physical camp.”
Camp Corwith decided that providing healthy meals and good nutrition was a cornerstone of their program, and were able to partner with Keevil and Keevil, a local grocery store and kitchen, to provide two-weeks of meals for the campers and their families.
The meals were all made and packaged in the Keevil and Keevil kitchen, and distributed either by contactless pick up or delivery. Included with the meals were fresh groceries, pasta and fruit, as well as drawstring bags filled with fun summer activities.
"We wanted to still be able to provide some kind of fun for our campers.” Canova continued. “During the senior week of service, our counselors came together to collect donations for the bags.” These summer fun kits included everything from frisbees to soccer balls and more.
"Thanks to Keevil & Keevil, Brooke Canova, Tara Harrington, and all of Saint Anne’s-Belfield School for your continuing support to this excellent service to our community.” Jim Kalergis shared his thanks to all of those who made this possible.
Camp Corwith is made possible by donors to the Camp Corwith Fund in partnership with staff and students from St. Anne’s-Belfield School serving as camp administration and counselors.
(Photo from International Neighbors)