In the words of Isaac’s father Kevin, “Isaac loves Pine Tree Camp altogether. He participates in everything. When he comes home he talks and talks and talks. It’s a delight for me.”
Thirteen year-old Isaac is a seventh grader at Cony in Augusta.
“He forgets what he’s learned in school, but when he goes to Pine Tree Camp he remembers every detail. The dances. The special times he had with campers and counselors at lunch. He tells every little detail,” his father continued. “He seems to never forget it. He wishes it were a month. A week goes by like a day.”
Cross Insurance Agency came on board this year as a Pine Tree Camp 100 sponsor, helping to keep the camp’s open door policy firmly in place by raising funds for Isaac to attend the weeklong summer program.
“This is the first time Cross Insurance Agency has supported Pine Tree Camp,” said Michelle Ibarguen, Augusta Branch Manager. “I visited the camp and thought it was a great place.”
Since opening in 1945, Pine Tree has welcomed all campers regardless of their ability to pay tuition. No camper has ever been turned away, thanks to the generosity of companies like Cross.
“Our office does some fundraising and we like to support different organizations,” Michelle continued. “Pine Tree Camp is part of our community and the Pine Tree Camp 100 program was something I knew we could successfully raise funds for.”
They did more than just raise funds. They made incredible experiences possible by allowing Isaac to enjoy an unforgettable, barrier-free week at camp.
“I’ve wanted him to go every year,” said his father. “He’s definitely a social bug. When he goes to Pine Tree Camp everybody enjoys him. Last year he went to two sessions.”
For Kevin, it’s important that Isaac has the experience of being outside, away from the television, computer and video games. “He needs to have a fun time with friends so he knows what that feels like; that there are fun things out there. That’s why I love it.”