Community Champions

Carolynda Dortch Records Specialist, REM Ohio
Grant Recipient, Ohio District Council Christian Youth Camp

The Ohio District Council Christian Youth Camp in Zanesville, Ohio, holds a special place in Carolynda Dortch’s heart. The summer of 2015 will mark the thirty-first year she will be visiting the campgrounds – and her twenty-fourth year as a staff member. “ODC Youth Camp” offers a variety of sports and leadership training activities for 300 children and 150 teens during two one-week sessions every summer. Among the activities offered to campers are sports, arts and crafts, Bible study, bowling, skating, campfires, music and dance, in addition to activities designed to boost self-esteem and confidence.

Serving in her eighth year as Head Female Counselor, Carolynda oversees the safety of all females at the campground, a team of counselors, program development, and securing sponsorships for camp operations. She also solicits donations from various church ministries in order to provide scholarships for 15-20 campers each summer. In order to qualify for a scholarship, a young person must demonstrate financial need and regularly attend Sunday School and/or Bible study.

Carolynda has held many positions over her many years at ODC, including camper, counselor, kitchen crew, Bible study teacher and camp treasurer, among others.  She is proud to lead the staff in providing programming to young people that enables them to develop the skills they’ll need to be empowered individuals and successful college students.

The Ohio District Council Christian Youth Camp will receive a $500 grant from The Foundation in honor of Carolynda’s volunteer spirit and hard work.