“It is such a blessing for all of these children to have the opportunity to spend a week away from the noise and violence of the inner city and experience the fun, the beauty and the fascinating and peaceful world of nature.” ~Jeanne Bell, president & founder of ICYO
For more than a decade, Strauss Troy has sponsored children from Cincinnati’s Inner City Youth Opportunities (ICYO) to attend summer camp at YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington, KY. The children participate in traditional camp activities including kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, crafts and sports, but they also have the opportunity to try new and exciting adventures like the water trampoline, zip line, Burma bridge and aquacycles.
Attending Camp Ernst allows the youth to make friends with other campers from all areas of Ohio and Kentucky. “This program really makes a difference in the lives of these children,” said Marsha Weaver Butler, founder of Strauss Troy’s MAD Team. “One of our campers has gone onto college, but he continues to work as a counselor at Camp Ernst in the summer to give back and inspire kids just like him.”