Camp Somewhere Warm seeks kids raised by grandparents

PRESQUE ISLE – A Rogers City organization is looking for foster children and kids being raised by their grandparents to attend a weekend of fun activities.

The Purple Martin has organized its second annual Someplace Warm Camp at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, Purple Martin board member Jeanne Fowler said. Running from Aug. 22-24, the camp aims to reunite siblings separated by the foster care system. While that’s the ultimate aim, the camp is also accepting children being raised by their grandparents and children in foster care who don’t normally have the chance to attend summer camp.

“The kids had so much fun last year,” she said. “We had about 14 kids last year and we’re hoping for about 30. We’re getting close to 30 kids this year.”

Kids who attend will have a jam-packed weekend of fun, complete with stargazing with an astronomer, taking a nature hike with a naturalist, learning about Native American cultures in Northern Michigan from a tribe member and swimming under a lifeguard’s watch, Fowler said. There’s also nightly campfires and many more things to do.

Kids who come must be accompanied by a foster parent or grandparent, Fowler said. Along with reuniting siblings, the camp’s aim is to give these kids a chance to have fun, just be kids and to see another side of their foster parent.

“They’re taking part in a different side of their foster parent, they’re playing around and having fun, and seeing a lighter side of their foster parent, which is always good for the kids,” she said. “They get to interact at a different level and that’s vital.”

Someplace Warm Camp is taking campers on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications are online at www.thepurplemartin.org, Fowler said. Requirements for participants are listed in the application.

The camp is entirely free for its participants, and The Purple Martin holds Purple Martin Mania on Memorial Day weekend to raise funds for the camp, Fowler said. To make a donation, call Ruth Brege at 734-4615.

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