By Elizabeth Lanier
Located in Morgan County, there is a place where kids build courage, find their strengths, and make memories that last them a lifetime. This place is Camp Twin Lakes (CTL). This summer camp in Rutledge provides kids, with illnesses/disabilities, a place to get away for a week. CTL offers them the ability to overcome certain obstacles and gives them unforgettable experiences. At Twin Lakes, it doesn’t matter what these campers face, they still have the opportunity to go down the zip-line, learn to swim, and even ride horses.
Although many people in the community know about CTL, not many people have seen the camp firsthand. On Saturday May 20, that changed for the 150 people that came out to celebrate Camp Twin Lakes’ 25th Anniversary. The event offered various camp experiences: archery, the high ropes, fishing, and paddle boating. There was a photo booth and carnival games to in participate in as well. Along with those experiences came some great food from Shake Shack and Special Kneads Bakery, the two caterers for the celebration.
Twin Lakes has not only helped children over the past 25 years, but the staffers as well. Katherine Clark, a returning program staffer, described her special relationship with CTL and how the camp has helped her, “I started working at camp between my junior and senior year of college. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do occupational therapy or physical therapy, but after working at camp for a summer, I realized I actually wanted to become a nurse. Now, I’m in nursing school.” She also went on to explain how cool she thought this event was: “I got to see people who were involved in camp in many different ways,” Clark said.
Paige Smith, Camp Manager, also had a few things to say regarding the event. “It was a great day to enjoy camp and celebrate 25 years of giving campers a week of unique experiences,” Smith said. There will be plenty more unique experiences, as the camp is continuously growing.
No matter what, Twin Lakes will continue to change the lives of those involved in the organization.