Scott and Cathy Balsley, the project founders, are well-known for their lifelong commitment to community service. They have hosted Twizted Creationz, a professional haunted attraction, for the past 17+ years where all of the proceeds have been donated to health, medical and youth-related charities. During those many years of supporting area charities with this event, they continually heard from area parents and children’s counselors that a Summer Camp would change the lives of special needs and at-risk children in the Shenandoah Valley, central Virginia and the Southeast United States. Once completed, Camp LIGHT will give the children access to a “Farm” environment complete with a working organic garden, a barn filled with horses and other animals, fishing and canoe pond, swimming/therapy pool, theater, and a 50’s-themed town/performance area and much more. Camp LIGHT and the events held at Creative Works Farm are run by volunteers who dedicate their time to make a positive impact in the lives of children in our community.
Camp LIGHT began with a simple notion that, ‘every kid deserves the chance to experience the joys of summer camp.’ Fun, it turns out, helps children to reach beyond their challenges to discover new strength, hope and resilience. Programs will help families release the emotional, physical, and financial burdens caused by serious childhood diagnoses, and will provide a peer network that reaches far beyond the LIGHT of a summer campfire.
Charles Scott Balsley, President
Raymond Gochenour, Vice President
Whitney Sportelli, Treasurer
Cindi Gochenour, Secretary
Kelly Truxell, Development Director, Chairperson, Youth Relations
Cathy Balsley, Chairperson, RN
Dr Robert Gunther, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician with Augusta Pediatrics
Dr Annie Pearce, Associate Professor at Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech
Joey Truxell, Chairperson
Sarah Monroe, Chairperson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations