Five Navy Seals swam 16 miles to Sebago Lake, to raise money for a summer camp that serves children with life-threatening illnesses.

How long does it take a Navy Seal to swim 16 miles? Apparently, the answer is nine hours. Of course, from what I can see on the Camp Sunshine Facebook page, they paused occasionally to pose for pictures, or to hop into a boat and hydrate. Their journey started in Long Lake in Bridgton and ended up in Sebago Lake in Casco.

Over the past five years, these athletic and big-hearted guys have raised about $500,000 for the camp through the Swim for Sunshine Challenge, that serves children with life-threatening illnesses. Obviously, running a camp that can accommodate the many medical demands of these campers is expensive, so the donations raised by fundraisers like this one are greatly appreciated.

Hats (or swim caps?) off to these five men who give of themselves to help make the summer camp experience a fun and successful one.