Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club

Kelly Kunsek, Director - Camp Paivika

Kelly Kinsek - Director Camp Paivika

Kelly presented the story of Camp Paivika – which was founded by a Rotarian, Mr. Lawrence Lowry – of STEAKHOUSE FAME!
 Kelly reports that the camp is thriving this year, with full enrollment. There are 60 campers in residence this morning. There are 8 sessions of camp every year, and they are committed to adapting to the needs of each individual camper. They offer horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts and many other activities. There are programs for special needs people from age 9 to 90.
 
The counselors are from all over the world; Kelly says they are all very special people to do what they do! A summer as a counselor at the camp is a life changing experience.
 
Kelly told a story of a camper – Tom – who has been coming to the camp for about 6 years. Tom is autistic and does not speak. Kelly has been recognizing Tom by name for all of the 6 years – and he finally recognized her with a smile and a glance. It was VERY rewarding, and indicative of the dedication of Kelly and her staff.
 
In the fall when not in session, the camp is leased to a private academy and other groups to offset expenses and provide additional cash flow.
 
Next time – LUNCH at the camp, and a tour of the facilities.