April 8, 2014
Mt. Gilead - An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with Flying Horse Farms from March 18 to April 30. The team is completing a variety of maintenance and improvement projects at the camp to help with providing a quality experience for campers.
The NCCC team of eight from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is building a sensory garden, preparing a vegetable garden for spring planting, clearing hiking trails, preparing areas for solar panel installation, completing painting and cleaning projects, serving food when camp is in session, and serving as camp counselors.
Through their service, NCCC members are aiding Flying Horse Farms in becoming more self-sufficient and helping keep costs down while improving the quality and capabilities of the camp which serves residents from across the state of Ohio, and beyond.
“I’m very excited to represent NCCC with a new organization, to work with the kids at camp, and see the empowering nature of Flying Horse Farms first hand,” says Zachary Young a team member from Vashon, Washington.
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located on 200 acres just outside of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the camp hosts hundreds of children and families each year—free of charge.
For a weekend or week at a time, being sick takes a backseat to being a kid. And fun is priority number one. Campers participate in activities like swimming, boating, fishing, archery, high ropes, and arts and crafts. Campers also receive constant supervision and critical medical services at the 24-7, onsite health center, staffed by medical professionals.
Flying Horse Farms is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses. Founded in 1988 by Ohio native, Paul Newman, the Association has collectively served more than 440,000 children and families from five continents and 50 countries.