Generous donors are helping Ohio 4-H camps recoup revenue losses from the cancellation of camps in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Although it meant that no campers, staff, or volunteers had to risk their health unnecessarily, the closures last summer left a void in the hearts of those eager for their 4-H camp experiences, and they created daunting financial challenges.
Many of the camps lost 75% of their annual income from the closures, and that has made for a $1.1 million deficit.
During an initial Buckeye Funder kickoff campaign starting in May, approximately 1,500 donors raised nearly $178,000, putting a dent in the deficit and giving the camps a chance to reopen in the future. However, additional support is needed so that campers can resume making memories while learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills in 2021 and beyond.
“If alumni and friends of 4-H are reading this, I challenge each of them to think back on their fond memories of 4-H and share those memories with others,” said Matthew Swearingen, a counselor at Canter’s Cave 4-H camp in southern Ohio. “Ohio 4-H needs their support.”