Rotary’s Camp Florida is a year-round 21.5 acre camp for children with special needs. Created by 17 Rotary Clubs in Hillsborough County, the Camp located in Brandon enjoys support from eight Florida Rotary Districts. Belleair Rotary is one of those clubs that gives of time, treasure and talent.
Recently, Cliff Snedeker, right, Rotary’s Camp Florida Vice President in charge of Endowment and District Relations, received a check for $1000.00 from Belleair Rotary President Charles Holloway. Cliff related that there is effort to generate an endowment for Camp Rotary to make it free of charge to campers. Last year Florida Camp Rotary received $16,000 as income from the endowment. Four million dollars are needed to make the camp self-sufficient.
The camp houses 130 campers at a time. Rotary provides the facilities that include military style bunk beds for children having various diseases. Most have a care giver who sleeps on the top bunk and the child on the bottom bunk. The medical facility has 15 hospital beds. Some of the campers have attached IVs and are receiving chemotherapy. Sadly, 10% of these children will not live to see another camp session.
Cliff related that is a Publix has given grants to improve the Pavilion with suspended ceiling, gas log fire place and glass enclosure. The Pavilion has been rewired and air conditioning installed. The donated new floor is constructed with inlaid Rotary Wheel.
President Holloway shows how labor is performed. Maintenance work days at Florida’s Camp Rotary are the first weekend of each month. When camp is in session maintenance is given to the 3.5 acres adjacent to the camp which was recently acquired. Belleair Rotarians have worked up a sweat with their labor on clean-up day.