Snow Bowl receives donation for learn-to-ski program

Dec 01, 2017
Members of One Community Many Voices and organizers of the Ragged Mountain Scuttle present $4,500 to the Camden Snow Bowl Nov. 21. Pictured, from left, are Kelly Woods and Audrey Lovering of OCMV and the Scuttle Committee, Diana Castle of the Scuttle Committee and Beth Ward of the Scuttle Committee and the Camden Snow Bowl.

Camden — The nonprofit One Community Many Voices and the organizers of the Ragged Mountain Scuttle donated $4,500 to the Camden Snow Bowl to support the fourth-grade learn-to-ski program for the 2017-2018 season.

The 4th annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle, which was presented by Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, was held Sept. 24, and featured more than 300 competitors tackling 20-plus obstacles on a 5K loop on the Ragged Mountain trails at the Snow Bowl. Planning is already under way for next year’s event, happening Sunday, Sept. 23.The event benefits OCMV.

OCMV is a 501c3 charity that provides gap funding when no other resources are available to help neighbors in need resolve a hardship related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living, transportation, or well-being.

The donation was made Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Camden’s Select Board meeting.

The Snow Bowl’s ski program is free and open to all fourth-grade students at participating schools in Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties, and currently serves 15 elementary schools. According to the Snow Bowl, the program consists of three visits by each school, during the school day, with complimentary rental equipment, ski lessons and lift tickets. The only cost to the school is bus transportation. The program has been running for more than 20 years and many regular skiers at the Camden Snow Bowl first started in the fourth-grade program.

The fourth-grade ski program represents a direct expense of more than $100 per student, according to the Snow Bowl. About 40 percent of this expense is offset by fundraising and donations by the Ragged Mountain Ski Club. About 10 percent is offset by the raffle tickets that elementary students sell as part of the program. In the past, the Snow Bowl has subsidized the rest of the funds for the program. The $4,500 donation from the Ragged Mountain Scuttle organizers covers that expense this year. Last year, OCMV donated $4,400 to support the program.

For more on OCMV, visit ocmv.org or sign up for the monthly email list by sending a request to join by emailing info@onecommunitymanyvoices.org.

To register for the 2018 Scuttle, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Camden/5thAnnualRaggedMountainScuttle.

Jennifer Michaud, race director for the Ragged Mountain Scuttle, is shown with her daughter, Morgan Blanchette, 9, of Hope. Morgan is among the local fourth-graders who will be able to participate in the Camden Snow Bowl’s learn-to-ski program.
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