April 18, 2012

Final Week for Partners With Youth Campaign!

Giving the Gift of Camp

In early January, Camp Orkila and Camp Colman began this year's Partners With Youth, the annual initiative which allows us to help bring more kids, families, and schools to camp. (PWY!! Woo!!) This is a big piece of what we do because last year, in 2011, 1 in 7 summer campers and 2 in 3 school groups received financial assistance. This is how we give outstanding outdoor experiences to more kids every year. We've come a long way since January, and now, with one week to go, it's time for a final push... And you can help!

Looking back on the last few months, we see an awesome display of people's generosity and of their love of camp. Dozens of volunteers shared their camp stories while making phone calls (look left), and reaching out on-line and through good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Many more have given their time to write 'thank you' letters (look right), and to spread the word to friends and family about camp and what we're trying to do.

"But what can I do right now!", you ask? How about this:

1. Follow this link, http://www.supportcampers.blogspot.com/ to learn more and to make a donation.
2. Share this message with someone you know.
3. Be inspired: Don Hillman was a camper at Orkila in the 1930s. Read more about his incredible life and one extraordinary friendship! Memorials in Don's name will support campers who will rely on financial assistance to attend Orkila. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=donald-e-hillman&pid=156896629
4. Sing and Jump for Joy because camp is almost here!

P.S. Many of you may have already volunteered, donated, and helped in other ways. Thank you! Thank you! We know that you have helped make a great summer for 2012. Let's keep it up for one more week!

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