It might have been a cold, rainy spring but the skies cleared, and the sun came out just in time for the 23rd annual Bath Savings Institution Paddle for Pine Tree Camp. On Saturday, June 1, nearly 200 paddlers set out from Evergreens Campground in Solon for a picture perfect seven-mile kayak trip down the Kennebec River to North Anson.

Paddlers were welcomed by Emily Tadlock of WABI-TV 5, who recalled her first visit to Pine Tree Camp.

“I called my mom after I left, and I said, ‘Mom I think I’ve just been to the most magical place on earth,’” she said. “A place where kids can be themselves, no matter what challenges they faced in life. A place where parents can feel safe having their children there knowing that there is a staff that can take care of them and look after them and relax themselves a little bit. A place where the staff is happy to work and happy to be there and always cheerful. You know a lot of people say that Disney is the most magical place on Earth, but I beg to differ. I think it’s Pine Tree Camp.”

Shortly after Emily’s heartfelt welcome, paddlers took to the Kennebec River, and with every cut of the paddle, raised funds for Pine Tree Camp’s Campership Fund, ensuring that every camper is able to attend regardless of their family’s ability to pay tuition. This Open Door policy has been in place since Pine Tree Camp opened its gates in 1945 and remains firmly in place thanks to the support of committed friends like our paddlers.

Donations will continue through July 1st. Make a difference and show your support with a contribution here.

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