DEDHAM — It’s been two years since Camp CaPella has opened its doors. Now they are getting ready to welcome campers back.
“This is so good to have the help. Downeast Horizons comes in and does an amazing job. They bring the manpower and get things up and running and make it easy for us to get going,” said Camp CaPella Executive Director Harvey Chesley.
Camp CaPella on Phillips Lake provides recreation for people with disabilities and their families. Last year, they didn’t open because of coronavirus but now they are gearing up for campers to return.
That’s where Downeast Horizons comes in.
“We’ve got about 30 people working. We’ve got people lugging dock pieces. People are raking. We’ve got a tractor down here. Doing a lot of good work for a good cause and we are so happy that we get to help out Camp CaPella,” said Downeast Horizons Executive Director Zambrano.
“We are a two-person operation here at camp and to have all these volunteers here today so dedicated and interested in making camp better is just wonderful,” Chesley said.
Those helping with the cleanup say they enjoy being part of it.
“That’s the kind of person I am,” said Kelsey Tripp, a Downeast Horizons participant.
Norman Harnes, also a participant also was pleased to do his part.
“I like the heavy lifting, like moving all the heavy stuff because it gives me something to do,” he said.
Zambrano also enjoyed being able to lend a hand.
“Today is a day where people with disabilities get to help a camp that helps people with disabilities,” he said.
“They have great pride in getting the place cleaned up, fixed up. This has been four years that I‘ve been involved and I don’t even have to tell them what to do. They know what they want to do. They know what they want the camp to look like and feel like and they just do a great job,” Zambrano said.
The camp will be ready soon. The executive director said they are following CDC guidelines and they are looking forward to opening.
Chesley said they are still looking for campers.
“Coming in a little slower than we thought. We’re ready to open for a full summer,” he said.