The Delaware National Guard Youth Foundation will gather with Delaware National Guard leaders, community leaders, and Guard Kids to dedicate Colwell Park, named after retired Master Sgt. Ernie Colwell, founder of the beloved summer Guard Kids' camp. The dedication will take place at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25, at the Bethany Beach Training Site, 163 Scannell Blvd., Bethany Beach.
Camp Colwell was created in 2001 by retired Master Sgt. Ernie Colwell, whose mission was to provide an opportunity for Delaware National Guard Youth to experience a quality summer camp and foster a sense of well-being while forming bonds with peers. The camp is now entering its 19th year and is operated by the nonprofit Delaware National Guard Youth Foundation. It takes place each year on the grounds of the Bethany Beach Training Site.
"The park is named after Ernie because of his years of endless commitment and service to our Guard Kids," said Christine Kubik, Camp Colwell director and DNGYF board member. "Ernie was the champion to keep our camp and programs operational year over year in changing and challenging times. Our Guard Kids have truly benefited from his tireless efforts."
The Colwell Park renovation project was funded by the Delaware National Guard Youth Foundation and includes a swing set, play gym and landscaping. Total funding for the project is $35,000. The foundation has raised funds over the last several years for the first of two structures in the park, and they continue to fundraise to build the second play gym structure. The older playground at that location was removed due to its age and safety concerns.
Colwell Park is located at the Salt Pond Bethany Beach Training Site, 163 Scannell Blvd., Bethany Beach. The public is invited to attend.
Attendees must RSVP to be added to the security roster for base entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo ID will be required the day of the event. For more information, contact Christine Kubik, 302-540-0711.