Camp Invention was a huge success this year. The camp was at full capacity with 120 students in attendance, double last year’s number. The Roswell community has truly embraced this national camp. As director for Camp Invention, I want to thank everyone that was involved in making this year’s camp such a memorable experience.
Many of the children would not have been able to attend without the generous support of local individuals and businesses.
Those who donated scholarship money this year were John and Magdalena Schaffer, Dennis and Anna Pabst, Margaret Rodriguez, Adam Tanner (Roswell Escrow Services), Chaves County Republican Women, Norm Melvin, Richard Bohlin, Roswell Astronomy Club, Deborah Havenor (Havenor Operating Company), Paul Bierwirth (Paul’s Veterinary Supply), Pam Davis, Juan Garza (Super Plumbing), Alvin and Linda Jones, Steve Smith, Dawn and Robert Willis, Tres Featherstone (Featherstone Development Corporation), Charla Featherstone, Mid-Day Lions Club, Jim and Shirley Gill (Roswell Seed Co.), Kelly and Maria Sanders, Leo Armstrong, Edward Franco (Haul and Spread, LLC), Ann Baker (Stellar Coffee Co.), May, Taylor & Company, Russell Scott, Richard and Mary Jane Madison (Mayes Lumber), Todd Memorial Trust, Sunrise Optimist Club, Walker Aviation Museum Foundation, Mike Murphy, Melinda Hodges, Dr. Philip C. Haney, Tom Dunlap, Dr. Donald E. Wenner, Andrew and Carrie Leigh Cloutier and C. S. Mitchell.
Wal-Mart and Target donated some materials to enhance the camp this year. Camp Invention already has a donation for next year’s camp from New Mexico Gas Company.
Not only did Camp Invention succeed with the generous financial help from its sponsors, but by the dedicated staff. Those involved were as follows: Assistant director – Allison Dyer;
Teachers – Lucy McCasland, Kara Sue Draper, Ashley Stroud, Lynette Jordan, Connie Marquez;
Volunteers – Eleverto Fresquez, Luis Armendariz, Julie Burrows, Mary Angel Smith, Margaret Rodriguez, Rachel Olson;
High school and college students – Marcus Bohlin, Aneissa Rivera, Mary Garcia, Samantha Chavez, Jenny Castro, Kiana Lucero, Genesis Garcia, Christina Turner, Lorena Valencia, Phoebe Bonham;
St. Andrew’s staff – PJ Greer, Ernie Meda, and Fr. Dale Plummer.
Camp Invention is already scheduled for next year — June 4-8, 2018. A new location is pending due to the size of the camp. Hopefully, the citizens and businesses in Roswell will continue to provide financial support, which will make it possible for excited students to attend this national STEM-based experience — Camp Invention.
Camp Invention Director Roswell