SOAPSTONE BASIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Camp for Utah kids with muscular dystrophy will be a lot easier this summer. That's thanks to employees of a major retailer who gave up their Saturday, rolled up their sleeves and got to work on some much needed improvements.
“What we're doing is preparing the camp so they can have a good experience,” said Kevin Carlile, a volunteer with Lowes Heroes Project.
Lowes employees are getting the YMCA Camp Roger ready for the MDA summer camp. It's only the second year MDA kids have gotten the chance to experience camp in the great outdoors.
“Years past MDA has had their summer camp at a hotel, the first year last year they experienced the first year ever,” said Cory Boothe, Lowes Heroes Project. “Kids on horseback, doing archery, summer camp that most of them never get a chance to participate in.”
But a lot of work needs to be done. On Saturday the volunteers installed ramps for the cabins and got the trails handicap-ready.
“Some of the trails, we refresh them, install the ramps for them so the kids for MDA can actually access their cabins and space up here,” said Boothe.
Lowes is donating about $11,000 worth of materials. Volunteers say they get something out of it too.
"When you have to pick up rocks and cement and work hard you build a lot of bonds with these people,” said volunteer Lissa Gallego. “It's a lot of camaraderie.”
But even more they said-- the chance to get kids out of a hotel and give them a real camp experience.
“These kids have been through so much in their lives and to give them an opportunity something they only dreamed about,” said Carlile. “That's the reward.”
The Lowes Heroes Project volunteers will be finishing their work on Aug. 10-- just in time for the official start of the MDA camp the following day.