LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 20, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Methodist Family Health (MFH) to help fund the Rev. Robert Regnier Memorial Camp hosted every year by MFH at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs.
“This is an opportunity for our kids to experience fun camp activities like their peers. Time spent in an outdoor ministry setting like Camp Tanako provides unique experiences that are valuable for the youth in our care,” said Carolyn McCone, CFRE, Executive Director, Methodist Family Health Foundation. “Camp is great for practicing the life skills they are learning in our programs. We love that our youth have the chance to make priceless memories while having fun and simply being a kid!”
UMFA President and CEO Jim Argue, Jr., said, “We are excited about helping youth from Methodist Family Health experience the joys of camp. Many youth with behavioral problems don’t get that opportunity.”
Summer camp gives youth the chance to make wonderful memories, have fun and continue learning through the Teaching-Family Model, which is used in all MFH programs. The Teaching-Family Model uses positive reinforcement, and this continues at camp. There are multiple opportunities for awards throughout the week, and medals and trophies are given as tangible evidence of their accomplishments. MFH Teaching Parents say these awards, along with their camp T-shirt, become some of the kids’ most cherished possessions and are proudly displayed when they return home.
McCone shared this note from one of the campers last year: “I had a great week at camp. I kayaked and did crafts and went swimming. I’ve never been to camp. It is great. Singing camp songs is my favorite thing. Thank you for sending me to camp.”
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $131 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. The UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.