What an incredible day it was on August 26 when Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times celebrated its 35th anniversary of service with a reunion and BBQ! More than 350 people joined in the celebration to congratulate Camp staff and volunteers, and to renew friendships. Past and present volunteers, Camp families, board members, donors, and staff filled the Dining Hall to hear from Ed Lodgen, member of the Board of Trustees, Stuart Siegel, MD, founder and member of the Board of Trustees, and Brian Crater, associate executive director
One of the day’s highlights was a walking tour of the Camp. We hope our words and photos bring this amazing place to life for you.
- The bright and colorful Kids Kitchen served as the main kitchen before the new Dining Hall was built. Here campers create all kinds of food and treats.
- Stephanie’s Closet holds the arts and crafts supplies. It was designed and painted colorfully by the campers.
- Michael Jackson donated money to build the pond, which is used for fire emergencies. In his honor, the pond is named Jackson Pond. During Camp, the kids learn to fish at the pond.
- Pondside Village features handicap access trails to each cabin, a center area of grass, and shared fire pits with log benches. Inside each cabin privacy curtains accompany each sleeping area. Large windows and high wood ceilings with fans add to the atmosphere. Each cabin houses 12 campers and counselors. Air conditioning in summer and heat in winter ensure everyone enjoys a comfortable experience.
- Meetings, classes, and activities take place in the Activity Cabin. The cabin holds up to 40 people and includes a restroom, sink, refrigerator, microwave, and a storage room.
- Twelve older cabins accommodate up to 13 campers and counselors each.
- The “Med Shed” serves as the Camp’s health care center. It is specifically designed to serve the needs of the campers impacted by cancer with equipment, an examination room, and sleeping areas.
What would Camp be without play? Throughout the facility, campers have access to a variety of sport courts and fields, a challenge/ropes course, hiking trails, a heated pool, horse corrals and riding rings, and much more.
When we visited, it’s easy to see how kids fighting the toughest battle of their lives relish in the fun, relaxing, activities. Camp truly is a special place that lets a kid be simply that, a kid. All of us at Barco’s Nightingales Foundation congratulate the staff and volunteers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times on its 35th Anniversary! We are proud to support this amazing organization and to help bring the Camp experience to even more children and families.
We hope you enjoy our virtual tour our photos!
~Michael and Frida Donner