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New Website Promotes Summer Camps in West Michigan

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To help support local summer camps and promote the summer camp experience to all West Michigan families, Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently revamped the West Michigan Summer Camps website.
The new website, created with the help of the Community Media Center, features a “Camp Blog” where camp representatives, counselors, campers and parents are invited to contribute a post. The blog will allow the community to share advice on choosing a camp, stories of summer camp experiences or the latest news about local camps.
Last week’s launch of the new website featured the first blog post by Doug Vanderwell of Camp Roger. In his post, “Selecting a Camp for Your Child”, Vanderwell provides parents with interview questions and recommends taking a tour and asking for references.
In addition to the new site, the Community Foundation hopes to encourage discussion among camps and the community via the West Michigan Summer Camps Facebook page and to educate locals on the benefits of summer camp and serve as a resource to camps via Twitter.
The website was created with the help of the Mary I. and David D Hunting Family Fund. Mary Ives Hunting left a bequest to the Community Foundation with the hope that she could help children in Grand Rapids enjoy the summer camp experience for generations to come.
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