The chapter provided the vast majority of the construction manpower needed for camp assisting people with special needs the weekend of April 5-7 in a nearby state.
Omega sent 14 of the 26 members of Pi Kappa Phi members to Camp Big Sky in Fairview, Illinois. The other chapters represented were from Western Illinois and DePaul. The project was coordinated by the Ability Experience (abilityexperience.org), the national fraternity’s national outreach program.
The group completed
a wheelchair accessible ramp that was begun by Build America, the
national fraternity’s summer service project throughout the United
States. The fraternity volunteers also stained the house at the
campsite, replaced insulation in one of the cabins and replaced wooden
planks on a dock.
Furthermore, on behalf of The Ability Experience, the men presented an unrestricted $5,000 gift to further the needs of the facility.
Camp Big Sky (campbigsky.org), which is about 160 miles from the Purdue campus, provides education, training and skill development for children and adults with various disabilities through various outdoor activities, according to its website.
“What a great weekend with The Ability Experience Team,” the camp’s Facebook page said. “Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers from DePaul, Purdue and Western universities ascended on Camp Big Sky to work on many projects to help get the camp ready for our 16th season. A fun, hardworking, patient and respectful group of young men. We can’t thank them enough for all their hard work!”
The Purdue chapter sent the following members: Justus Schumann, Campbell Boston, Seth Cantrell, Jack Kellison, Michael Bailey, Andrew Beering, Ryan Patout, Tom Hirshfeld, Nate Longo, Jack Cleary, Luke Oldford, Drew Thieme, Marcus Perkins and Jacob Moeller.