FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) - News 18 asked campers at the Carroll County Community Center Day Camp what they would be doing if they were not at camp.
"I'd probably be staying home and doing my chores like my sister," 9-year-old Haunnah Kauffman said.
"[I would be] playing the XBox," 10-year-old Corbin Johnson said.
Instead Johnson, Kauffman, and about 70 other campers at the Flora location, are spending their days outside playing sports and taking field trips.
Many of the campers are getting the experience for about half the price.
Burlington Township Trustee Al Jackson said the township provided $10,000 in funding for campers at the Flora location and the Burlington Community Center to help offset costs for Burlington Township residents.
"The funding does come from the township," Jackson said. "It is contracted services. They're funds we had available. It seems like a perfect scenario, a perfect storm for us."
"The regular cost of camp runs about $65 a week," Carroll County Community Center Director Don Franklin said. "As a result of their funding help we've been able to reduce the cost for Burlington Township children to $30 a week."
Franklin said the funding does not stop there.
Bauer Family Resources in Lafayette also donated $6,500 dollars to fully fund a child for each week of the 10 week program.
Franklin said the funding has helped double campers at both locations.
"It's something where a mother or father may come in and say 'My child has never had this opportunity, and because of this funding, we're excited as a family,'" Franklin said.
"I'm tickled it's meeting a need for them," Jackson said.
Jackson said once the camp is over he will evaluate its success to decide if the township will continue to provide funding.
Franklin said some spots are still open at the day camp. To receive funding from Bauer Family Resources you must fill out an application. To receive funding from the township you must be a Burlington Township resident.
All children are welcome at the camp. For more information call the Carroll County Community Center at 574-967-4449.
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