The Fayette Area Lions Den brings new meaning to the idea that learning can be fun, providing a comprehensive set of summer camps that appeal to both parents and children. The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata partners with the Lions Den to offer camps for students ranging from kindergarten through high school. A variety of sports and fitness camps run throughout the season, including field hockey, basketball, and baseball. The Lions Den also offers alternatives like Adventure Camp and Cooking Camp. With such an extensive lineup, there is an opportunity for everyone.
Juniata County residents may be surprised to learn that the Lions Den is an affordable option for all families. Director Vikki Tornambe has a commitment to the promise of full acceptance, stating firmly—“we don’t turn anyone away.” While all the camps are reasonably priced from the start, there are additional opportunities for financial aid. In uncertain economic times, low-income families can rely on physical and mental development through the Lions Den. With 140 participants in 2013, this community resource has reached many locals. Stephanie Graybill, a mother of two campers, expresses her gratitude, saying—“I was quite shocked by how inexpensive it was for the extensiveness of the program.” She reflected on her kids’ experience as a “much better alternative to sitting at home.” This powerful blend of education and exercise is a fantastic outlet for area youth.
The United Way endorses the Lions Den by supplying financial aid funding and the Summer Food partnership. Each camp includes a hot breakfast and lunch as a part of their program. These meals are an important component to the overall lifestyle that the Lions Den supports. Combine that with a myriad of fun activities like pool days, field trips, guest speakers and campers will definitely be back for more.