On June 23, 2011, the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg announced that its Camp Reily pool renovation project has been completed and is ready for 2011 campers. The campers were given the "first jump" into the pool at the grand opening celebration.
Highmark Blue Shield helped lead the efforts of many community donors, contributing $100,000 toward the project's goal of $190,000. "Highmark Blue Shield is thrilled that the project is finished and the campers can look forward to a summer of swimming," said Susan Hubley, Highmark Blue Shield director of community affairs. "It is important that children are given the opportunity to practice good health and fitness in safe environments, and we applaud the YWCA for all of its efforts to ensure just that."
Camp Reily is a valuable part of the Fishing Creek Valley's undeveloped landscape. It has provided a safe, healthy and fun camp experience for low-income children in the Harrisburg area for decades. More than 150 children are expected to participate in this summer's camp program. One of the most popular activities included in the summer camp experience is the use of the swimming pool. Each summer, many of the campers learn about water safety and, more importantly, how to swim.