Camper Post: Kate Bidwell


Kate Bidwell

On my second day at PUMP Camp, our mission was to go to Morningside, a nursing home, to cheer up the elderly. When we first got there, we were greeted by a happy, motherly woman who introduced us to the Morningside Resident of the Week, Miss Margaret.

Miss Margaret was very happy to see us, and gave us all big hugs. She told us how sweet we were and how she wanted to “keep all of us.” After we said good-bye, we were then shown into another room, where elderly people come to relax and enjoy each others’ company. There, we threw inflated balls to some of the elderly. You would be surprised how fast the balls were caught and quickly the residents flung them at us. It was a lot of fun!

After I had thrown and caught balls, I started talking to two lovely ladies, and they turned out to be the great-aunt and grandmother of one of my best friends! They were really nice. The last person I cheered up was someone who went by the name of “Pap.” He was hard to understand, but he was very nice and didn’t want me to leave. Sadly, the time came when we had to leave Morningside. I was disappointed, but I know that in the remaining days of PUMP Camp I will be able to bless other people, too.

-Kate Bidwell – age 11 – Broadway UMC