The Healing Power of Camp

This experience is in line with the Bellottos’ philosophy of “giving back” to their community. Not only do they believe it is good business, but that it is perfectly in line with the true spirit of camp. By actively pursuing these types of opportunities, the Bellottos and their staff create truly rewarding experiences, earn the respect of their community and partners, and stay on top of constantly changing camper needs. Both Ivan and Karla encourage all camps to increase their outreach efforts and not to limit themselves to their usual practices. Ivan reminds us that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” produces 32 shows each season–that’s 32 opportunities to reach out to someone in need.

And, as for the Arena family? Gena gave birth to another child in July 2006. Their faith has been tested, but their spirit remains unbounded.

Pam Kutsick is a freelance writer and contributor to Camp Business magazine. She can be reached via e-mail at



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