Blue Paddle Campership Campaign!
Change a child’s life forever; give the gift of Camp!
The Blue Paddle Campaign will raise funds to assist those families that are struggling to provide quality summer activities for their children.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to dip their paddle in the lake and push forward, experience seeing stars in the night sky like they have never before and make real true friends that will last a lifetime. In an effort to provide these amazing experiences to as many kids as possible, Blue Lake is launching our Blue Paddle Campaign for our campership fund. Our goal this year is to help 50 kids from the Columbia Basin come to Blue Lake and experience the benefits of camp. This is what camp does for kids:
Camp promotes community. It creates this great space that shows kids how to live together and care for one another. There are traditions, there are boundaries; there are rules. Camp is a place where kids can “practice” growing up, stretching their social, emotional and physical muscles outside the safety of their immediate family. This is what childhood is supposed to do and arguably used to do much more organically.
Camp teaches critical thinking. We are going to need really strong problem solvers in the next century. We need the science, math, and biology, of course — but without the ability to relate, connect, empathize, or inspire innovation, how will our kids be able to make a difference?
The camp experience reconnects kids to nature. While children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, camp is one big outdoor science lab. Kids need to catch frogs in the pond, get lost among the trees, and feel the wind and rain on their faces to understand the importance of these things. What happens to a generation that may grow up never seeing the awe-inspiring aurora borealis let alone the stars in the dark of the night?
Camp creates future leaders. The camp experience offers kids a microcosm of what leadership feels like in the real world through direct contact with camp directors, counselors, and multi-generational staff. Also, kids get loads of opportunities to practice being leaders themselves — trip leader, team leader, cabin leader, and the list goes on and on.
Camp has a lasting impact. One of the greatest gifts a family can give a child is a sense of success and achievement. Camp teaches kids how to be active participants, ask questions, ask for help, and try new things. They leave understanding that it’s okay to feel a little uncomfortable sometimes, because that’s typically what happens when you learn by trial and error. Camp embraces an “I can” attitude.
Children come to camp from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds. Camperships are for families who are financially struggling or don’t have the excess income to send their kids to camp. They’re for middle income families with maybe 3 or 4 kids who can’t afford to send them all to camp. They’re for the kid we know should be at camp but maybe their parents don’t understand the value and power of camp.
Once again Blue Lake is offering our Camp for KIDS with Exceptional Needs. Youth that struggle with physical, learning and cognitive disabilities would greatly benefit from an outdoor experience. Currently there is no outdoor overnight camping experience for this sector of youth in the Columbia Basin and Blue Lake will pilot a new program this year to fill that need. We are excited to plan and implement this program for youth.
We know you understand the power of camp and we look forward to giving you the opportunity to make sure everyone has a chance to experience camp; we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to paddle.
To Donate to our Blue Paddle Campaign please visit our donate page, or contact the office to make a direct donation.