Local student sent to Camp Goodwill
WORTHINGTON — Through community donations and efforts by the staff at Goodwill in Worthington, enough money was raised to send Worthington Middle School student Bethany Dorschner to Camp Goodwill for a week.
Camp Goodwill, located near Sioux City, Iowa, is a weeklong retreat for 500 children between the ages of 8 and 12.
Goodwill of the Great Plains — the only Goodwill in the country to operate a camp — has conducted camp sessions since 1927, serving more than 70,000 children.
According to Worthington Goodwill Manager Jennifer Moran, this is the first year the store has participated in the camp.
“We’re very fortunate for the community’s donations to send Bethany to camp,” Moran said. “I personally have also seen the camp, and every time I go, all the kids are having a fun time with all of the different activities.”
According to Moran, the total cost to send a child to camp is around $280. The Worthington Goodwill raised twice that amount.
“The money went toward her registration fees, meals for the week, transportation and all the activities she will participate in,” Moran said.
Moran explained that Dorschner was selected for the trip because of a touching story she shared with Goodwill.
“We had made a form and took it to all the local schools, asking students to write a paragraph about why attending camp would be important to them,” she said. “When we got Bethany’s entry, she stated that she has two brothers, and that none of them had ever been to any sort of camp, so she is the first in her family to go.
“Bethany is a very sweet and talented girl, and I know the Goodwill staff is all happy that we could be able to send her to camp.”
Some of the activities youths participate in at the camp are swimming, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts and mud fighting, as well as educational time.
“I just wanted to take the time and thank the community for their support,” Moran said. “We definitely plan to continue sending to kids to Camp Goodwill in future years.”
Dorschner traveled Monday to Sioux Falls, S.D., to catch a bus for the trip, and she will return Saturday.
For more information on Camp Goodwill, visit www.goodwillgreatplains.org/camp-goodwill.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.