For the four Coulombe kids, camp is the high point of summer.

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For the four Coulombe kids, camp is the high point of summer.

Hannah, 12, Paul, 8, and twins David and Noah, 10, have spent the last three summers making their annual trek to Camp Massad at Winnipeg Beach.

The Coulombes have used the Sunshine Fund for nearly six years and have spent the last few summers at Camp Massad. They’re able to get out of the city, meet new friends and enjoy the fresh air, something their mom, Lisa Coulombe, said they wouldn’t be able to do without the Sunshine Fund. "I know for sure it’s the highlight of each summer," she said. "Their time at camp, whether it’s five days or 10 days, 14 days — however long it is — they talk about it for six months."

Sitting around their kitchen table, their excitement is evident once they start talking about camp, reminiscing and reminding one another of favourite experiences.

"My favourite part of camp is when we sing songs together. It’s one of the main events," said Hannah. "It’s just really fun, I love it." She added that campers act out plays, sing and dance while at Massad.

"I like when we go to eat because we always get yummy food there, like chocolate milk," said Paul. "... And also I like it because we get all this junk food out there and good food like rice with soy sauce."

"I like the swimming pool," said David, grinning. "It’s really cool because you can pretend you’re either a deep-sea diver or a submarine." He said he likes the counsellors at Massad and remembered when one of them would throw him up in the air while they were swimming in the pool. His brother Noah said going in the pool is his favourite part of camp.

Camp Massad is a Jewish summer camp for kids from grades 2 to 9. Campers can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, play a variety of sports, try arts and crafts and test their acting chops in various theatre productions.

Coulombe said sending her kids to camp breaks up their summer and gives them new experiences. "We live a very basic life, so summer is very extended and very long. Camp gives them something to look forward to, and it broadens their horizons and opens them up," she said.

"It’s fun to go camping because you get away from your house," said Paul. "... I kind of miss Mom, and I don’t really miss Mom because I like going to camp."

"If we had the money to donate to the Sunshine Fund we would because it makes a huge difference, and maybe some people don’t realize that," said Coulombe. "Maybe they think donating $20 is too much or it’s annoying, but maybe they don’t see how it impacts kids."

She said her kids usually come back from camp "calmer, quieter and more healthy."

"It really does make a difference, and it’s not a waste of money," she said. "I think it’s really important to know that it makes a huge difference to kids, especially to my kids."

The impact of the Sunshine Fund is evident to Hannah. "Leaving is one of the most sad parts."

alexandra.depape@freepress.mb.ca