By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org
An aquatic center to honor the memory of Jessica Faith Bostwick is the newest addition to the AIM Team Camp, located at 257 CR 2190, in Tarkington. Bostwick, 6, was killed in a car crash near her home in Tarkington in December 2016.
Jessica’s parents, Preston and Paige Bostwick, operate AIM Team Camp, an offshoot of Liberty Church in Cleveland, which is under the direction of her grandparents and church pastors, Bob and Frieda White.
The Bostwick and White family, friends and supporters held an official groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, March 30, and unveiled the master development plans for the JFB Aquatic Center that include two pools, a restroom facility and an outdoor pavilion, kitchen and a fire pit.
Funding for the aquatic center comes from donations. Be Dependable Plumbing is donating all the plumbing work for the restrooms while Backyard Paradise Pools is donating $5,000 to go against the total expense. The first phase of the aquatic center – the pools and restrooms – will cost $120,000. Other phases, such as the pavilion, kitchen and parking area, will be completed as funding becomes available.
The aquatic center will be used by the hundreds of young campers who stay at the Christian-based camp every year.
“We want kids to be the best version of themselves, to overcome their fears and insecurities and realize the purpose that God has for them,” Preston said.
Jessica was an avid swimmer and spent many summer days with her family in the Whites’ backyard pool.
“Jessica loved to swim. She learned to swim at an early age and was constantly at her Nana’s house. Some of our favorite memories of Jessica are from our time in the pool,” Preston said. “We thought what better way to honor her than the aquatic center. All kids love to swim.”
AIM Team stands for “Adventures in Ministry, Together Everyone Achieves More.” The campers who come to AIM Team camp can enjoy swimming, archery, zip line, ropes courses, crafts, gaga ball, fishing and canoeing. The summer interns also learn about leadership and being good role models for the younger children, Preston said.
Two cabins house up to 76 campers for the three-night, four-day camp, which costs $175 per camper. The fee covers all food, lodging, entertainment and a T-shirt.
For more information on the camps, see the flyer attached below: