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Children's Harbor says thanks to Boaters

Children’s Harbor Barber Motorsports Day

2015 Annual Boaters' Party

On May 30th, Duane and Amy Donner hosted the Children’s Harbor Volunteer Boaters’ Crawfish Boil at their lovely Lake Martin home.

Spirits were high and laughter was heard often as attendees chatted about their experiences as volunteer boaters and how much fun they've had with the campers.

These outstanding volunteers have been such a blessing to the Children’s Harbor staff and the seriously ill children and their families.

What Boating Means to the Kids

Enhancing the camp experience one boat ride at a time

While it takes some effort to get everyone on board, campers say it's always worth it and look forward to this part of camp.

During camp at Children’s Harbor, seriously ill children are given a chance to experience carefree fun with other kids facing similar challenges. One of the campers’ favorite activities, if not the favorite activity, is boating. Many campers and family members have never been on a boat so volunteer boaters give them a once in a lifetime moment they’ll never forget. As a boater you might be taking not only campers, but also the whole family out on the lake. It’s a wonderful sight to see when a family, whose been through all of the ups and downs that come when a child has a chronic illness, can finally relax and bond again over inner tubing or just letting the wind blow over their faces. An audible sigh of relaxation, chuckles and laughter always fill the air on these boat rides as campers experience boating and all of its fun - often for the first time.

Childrens's Harbor campers enjoy their time on a boat ride during the warm summer months on lake martin.

After their camp experience at Children’s Harbor, campers bring home unforgettable memories and long-lasting friendships. They come home feeling more confident in themselves and more secure with their illness. It is amazing how camp at Children’s Harbor can truly make a difference in their lives! We want you to see this amazing transformation for yourself by volunteering as a boater. The joy that comes out of the volunteer boating experience is indescribable.

Campers prepare to go for a boat ride on lake martin.

Almost every week we host an illness specific camp that needs volunteer boaters. Take a look at the upcoming illness camps on Children's Harbor calendar. If you're interested in starting the process of becoming a volunteer boater, email or call Rachael White at (334) 857-2037.

How Can You Help?

The assistance Children’s Harbor receives from generous donors and active volunteers is central to carrying out our mission. Learn more about getting involved.