Camp RAWC Helps Kids Make Healthy Choices

Dozens of Shawnee-area children took part in summer wellness adventures through Camp RAWC, a unique two-week camp hosted for four sessions at OBU's Recreation and Wellness Center.

Attendance for each session grew from 11 children during the early June session to 28 children who attended the final session in late July. The sessions were doubled to two weeks from the previous summer’s week-long schedule.

The 2010 camps also featured Shawnee’s REACT Emergency Medical Services team, which provided an ambulance tour as well as summer safety tips for the campers.

During an ambulance tour, Shawnee REACT team member Matthew Bradshaw explains glucose to Camp RAWC campers including (from left) Makenzy Herman, Candace Oliver, Brooke Colvin, Olivia Todd, Madison Hedge and Macy Proffer.

“I think the camp was very successful because each week we increased our camp attendance, and we had many campers come sign up for other sessions,” said Cameron Crane, a RAWC facility assistant who directed the camp. “This, to me, speaks volumes because it shows us that kids are excited to come back and are also telling their friends how much fun they are having, which is encouraging.”

Camp RAWC strives to provide a positive, Christian environment for campers to splash, climb, skip and jump into a fun-filled summer while gaining a better knowledge of how to develop a lifetime of wellness. The camp teaches campers fun ways to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their daily lives. Every camper has the opportunity to participate in activities such as rock climbing, swimming, indoor/outdoor obstacle courses, games and more.

The Camp RAWC staff includes OBU students employed by the Recreation and Wellness Center who interact firsthand with the young campers each day.

“I think the Camp RAWC staff played a major role in allowing the camp to be so successful because they made a conscious effort to bring a positive attitude and encourage the campers on a daily basis to reach their full potential and have fun,” Crane said. “I was excited to see the staff participate and play in the games with the campers and really take a trip back to memory lane and be a kid again themselves. This year helped build a good foundation and has made me extremely excited about next summer.”

For more information about the programs offered through OBU’s Recreation and Wellness Center, click here go online to or call (405) 585-5221.