"I am happy to endorse Bill and
Rita's Summer Camp for children. My daughter attended the summer
camp several years ago and also took dance lessons for at
least three years. All of the experiences provided by Bill
and Rita were and are filled with love, acceptance and lots
of learning and laughter. There was singing, dancing, arts and
crafts, field trips around the island, learning experiences and
so much more. There was even a presentation at the end of the
camp session. My daughter always had a smile on her face at the
end of the day. Bill and Rita know how to find the strengths
in children so that they feel important and successful."
Jo Sandwith, Friday Harbor
Elementary School Teacher
"My Identical twin daughters
were just three years old when we took the long plane ride from
Florida and spent our first summer on San Juan Island. We stumbled
upon Rita And Bill's camp on a San Juan website, and enrolled
them before we had even arrived. Much to our delight the girls
LOVED their first week of camp; so much so that we signed them
up for all the sessions that summer! It's now seven years later
and Rita and Bill have become our extended family ... and the
girls still can't wait for their week at summer camp."
Martha Ladner, Delray Beach,
"Over the years, I look forward to Bill and Rita's call asking for a list of our Head Start children. Our children then receive scholarships for a week at summer camp. The joy on their faces is delightful. The parents of the children also feel so good about this wonderful week on our island beaches and at the lake. Many of these children would not have this opportunity without this generous outreach from the community and from the Aments. I see the children later wearing their Indian shirts that they painted at camp with such pride. Thanks, Bill and Ritayou give children tremendous experiences in our island environment."
Tory Prescott, Former Director of San Juan Head Start
"My 9 year old granddaughter,
Ashlee, has been attending Bill & Rita's Summer Camp each
year since she was 4 years old. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas,
and comes to visit me every summer. Just yesterday, she begged
me to send her again this summer. No begging here, it is a GIVEN
that she will again enjoy the wonderful gifts of laughter, nature,
games, song, swimming, stories, crafts, and much more, including
the individual attention that Bill and Rita's Summer Camp has
to offer! Aslee thrives in the active environment. Rita, Bill
and the camp counselors treat each camper with patience, understanding
and kindness. The kids cannot wait for the next summer to experience
this fantastic event again. We are blessed with Bill and Rita's
presence and all they have to offer this island."
Diane Schach & Granddaughter,
"Bill and Rita Ament have
been bringing an annual high-quality dance program, Dance
Happy, to our stage for many years. My pleasure in watching
this performance is to see the joy and caring that the Aments
bring to every student. It's wonderful to watch the dancer's
development in technique, confidence and poise. They start as
early as two-years-old and they continue as retirees. Performing
should be fun first of all. Bill and Rita never forget this in
everything they do. They are a pleasure to work with and a real
asset in our community."
Merritt Olsen, Executive
Director, San Juan Community Theatre
"There is nothing better
than seeing the joy and lightness of children at play. It's a
reminder of who we all are, or once have been. This is what you'll
find at Bill & Rita's summer camp. The beauty of the San
Juans, along with the playfulness of life, it's a gift to all.
The kids love it!"