A mother brought her 5 year old autistic son to camp. Upon arriving, she told the camp staff that she didn’t think her son would be able to make it through the week. “ He wouldn’t swim, We’d never get him on the boat,  He had no friends, and she just didn’t think he would be able to make it.” On Friday, after a week at camp, her son had to introduce his mother to a couple of his new friends, and had to show his mother how he could swim to the float. I watched as his mother stood on the beach with tears streaming down her face saying, “I never thought I would ever see him be able to do this!”

At Camp CaPella, campers learn through play. They learn things they never thought they would ever be able to do.

That’s the kind of wonderful place Camp CaPella is and that the kind of resource we have here for children with many disabilities.

Camp CaPella is a privately funded non-profit that I-95 helps with fundraising whenever we can.  Here are all the ways to help and show your support:

  • The 3rd Annual I-95 Camp CaPella-Thon runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27. During that time, you can make your donation by calling 991-9713 or at our website.Listen for different prizes every hour! Make a donation and qualify for that hour’s prize!
  • Look for CaPella-Thon Donation Jars at local NAPA Auto Parts stores in Ellsworth, Blue Hill, Milbridge, Southwest Harbor, Machias and Belfast.
  • The I-95 Classic Drive - Classic cars, motorcycles and everybody else too is invited to cruise Route 1A between our radio station here at 49 Acme Road in Brewer and NAPA Auto parts on Route 1 in Ellsworth. Our CaPella Caravan will have a police escort all the way. All you have to do is show up that morning. We’ll be meeting at the radio station at 8:30 a.m. and depart for NAPA at 9 a.m. There’s no obligation whatsoever. When we get to NAPA, there will be a cook out and a big sale. Plus, all car owners will be in the running for great prizes!
  • Benefit Golf Tournament It’s a “9 Hole Scramble” with a 9am Shotgun Start at the beautiful Lucerne Inn Golf Course!  The cost is $200 for a team of four, only a $50 donation per person and that includes a golf cart too!  There will be two holes where if you get a “hole in one”, you’ll win $5000! After the tournament there will be a complimentary BBQ right down the hill at Camp CaPella on the shore of Phillips Lake!  During the BBQ they’ll hold a “Chipping For Kids” contest at a $1 per ball, get the ball in the tub of water and win a great prize! Interested?  Call Heidi at Camp CaPella at 843-5104, or email her at heidi@campcapella.org.