The fifth annual Boys Camp Benefit Auction and Dinner benefiting three wilderness boys camps will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at Plainview Christian School, 8270 Amish Pike, Plain City. Available for dinner will be barbecue chicken, smoked ribs, and some unique and interesting items to bid on. Proceeds will benefit Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp, Fair Play Camp School in South Carolina, and Gator Wilderness Camp School in Florida.
As embodied in Fair Play Camp School’s tagline, “Equipping boys for life!,” therapeutic wilderness camp is for boys 8-15 experiencing behavior/emotional problems who agree to placement because of a desire to change. They live in outdoor campsites in groups of 10 boys and two counselors. The average stay is 18 months. The combination of mentoring and positive peer pressure leaves a lifelong impact on a boy.
Boys Wilderness Camps reach out to boys that most everyone else has given up on. One camper father recently commented, “I realized that our son needed special care that we couldn’t provide. Our family life had to go on and we couldn’t give him the time he needed. Camp provided the time and attention for him that we couldn’t. That’s the sort of thing that has brought change!”
The dinner lines open at 6 p.m. and will be on a donation basis. The auction will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. Many new and used items are being donated by local businesses and individuals. The auction will include tools, furniture, lawn equipment, Amish made quilts and toys, household items, voucher for a storage building, a weekend getaway, in-home dinners, hot air balloon ride, and more. It was inspired by local men and women who have served as counselors, supervisors, and cooks at these camps in the past. Currently, Shelly Gingerich and Stephanie Helmuth, both of Plain City, are cooks at one of the camps. There are also several Plain City area men who serve on the boards for these camps.
For more information call or text 614-570-4133. Follow on Facebook Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp for updates and photos. For more information on Ohio Wilderness Boy’s Camp visit Ohioboyscamp.org.