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A sizable donation from SC Johnson will keep a summer youth camp in Racine County free of charge. The local private manufacturer donated $25,000 to the Volunteer Center of Racine County’s Summer Service – Learning Camp. The program takes 11- to 18-year-old youth and teaches them volunteerism and community service during 12 separate week-long sessions. “By taking part in camp activities that include learning about responsible environmental conservation, service to senior citizens and volunteering at a local food pantry, participants in the Summer Service-Learning Camp by the Volunteer Center of Racine County realize they can contribute to the well-being of our community,” said Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president of global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability at SC Johnson. Applications for this years program are being accepted, and with SC Johnson’s donation the camp will be free to all participants. Last year, more than 100 young people attended the camps. Al Volmut, the executive director at the Volunteer Center of Racine County, said, “The summer youth camps stress the teaching and learning concepts encompassed through service learning.” This donation marks  more than $600,000 that SC Johnson has given to the Volunteer Center of Racine County since 2001. “With the generous support of SC Johnson,” Volmut said, “the camps are able to engage youth and teach them about the importance of community service.”  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.