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Amber MacKay is excited her daughter, Shykira, is heading to Camp Arnes thanks to the Sunshine Fund.

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WHEN Shykira MacKay heard all of her friends were going to camp this summer, she begged her mom to send her to Camp Arnes.

"I saw pictures and it looked really fun," said the eight-year-old. "I really want to play in the mud."

Shykira has never been to camp, but that won't stop her from having a week full of hiking, wall climbing and mud fights.

She hopes to wash herself off by jumping in Lake Winnipeg.

"My brother and I always splash each other in our pool," Shykira said. "I really want to go swimming at camp."

Shykira's mom, Amber MacKay, doesn't own a car, so she'll be putting her daughter on a bus to Gimli at the end of July.

"One of my friends said 'Hey, send your kid to this camp,' " MacKay, said. "She's really looking forward to it, there's lots of stuff she hasn't done yet."

MacKay went to camp in B.C. when she was growing up. The mother of three thinks it will be good for her daughter to have the camp experience. "Camp is something you talk about for the rest of your life," MacKay said. "It's a getaway and you learn so much."

Although MacKay will be without her daughter for a week this summer, she's confident Shykira will have a good time.

"If we didn't use the Sunshine Fund we wouldn't be able to send her to camp, it's pretty expensive," MacKay said.

elizabeth.fraser@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2013 B2

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