We’d like to express our gratitude to the group of students from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco who came up to Enchanted Hills in July to work in the beautiful outdoors of our camp while earning service hours for school.
During their long weekend at camp they worked on a number of projects. They helped with preparation for the July 27 Open House by cleaning up the camp and setting up tables and chairs. The boys went out on the lake in paddleboats to remove weedy plant life. Using wheelbarrows and shovels they made multiple trips across the camp, moving wood chips to the archery area; these chips will help control erosion and provide footing, making our archery area safer and more accessible.
Perhaps more significantly, the boys participated in team-building exercises with a group of blind and visually impaired kids from our Youth Program. Said Camp Director Tony Fletcher, “Anytime you can bring two groups together and with a similar mission it just builds an understanding of each other’s perspectives on a wide range of subjects.”
LightHouse Youth Coordinator Jamey Gump said, “Thank you to the volunteers from St. Ignatius High School for the long hours they worked alongside our Youth Program participants. Our staff and campers truly appreciated the effort these young men made.”
Thanks go to longtime LightHouse supporter Christina McNair, who was instrumental in organizing St. Ignatius’ visit to camp. Christina is a daughter of the late and greatly missed deaf-blind artist Elva Iacono Vergari, herself a major LightHouse supporter and client.