BENEFITING: Camp Brown Bear
Hello my name is Steven Brown, a retired Navy SEAL, 100% Disabled Veteran and the founder of Camp Brown Bear. My wife and I purchased a church camp, built in the 70's, a couple of years ago, currently we live in the administrative building as we renovate the camp. We began this endeavor on a vision to help middle school aged boys from fatherless homes, self funding the renovation of the camp, creating a for profit business to help with programming costs, then eventually turn the camp over to the non-profit. In January 2016 I attended a Wounded Warrior Project where I met other veterans and after talking about our vision and the camp many volunteered their time to help with projects around the property. After a couple of groups spent their weekend helping us and hearing their comments of how well they slept and feeling better at the end of the weekend, we realized we could help veterans, this has occurred with every group since as well. We have partnered up with a few organizations, some to help with healing, funding or creating awareness of Camp Brown Bear. I never thought nor planned to ask for assistance of any kind. Once I realized this project wasn't about me and it could help many sooner, I swallowed my pride and began looking for donors to help Camp Brown Bear get off the ground quicker than by self funding. I am asking for your help so we may help others. Middle school aged boys from fatherless and disadvantaged homes can end up being at risk for a myriad of mental and/or societal problematic conditions. Disabled Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury have high levels of anxiety, depression and psychosocial problems. We would like to be part of the solution, in part, by current and former Special Operators mentoring and teaching the boys primitive living skills, how to build a shelter, a fire, collect water then make it drinkable, trap, process and cook animals, treat injuries and illness with wilderness first aid and land navigate with map and compass so they build confidence and self-efficacy thereby reducing their risk of being a harm to themselves or others. We will immerse the Veterans in the wilderness helping the camp prepare for the boys, all the while providing a healing environment for them (i.e. Equine Therapy, Service Animal Training, Yoga, Meditation, Nature Walks and evening fire side talks), give them a place to recuperate and sleep restfully to help process their trauma. Fredrick Douglass said "its easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" we plan to repair broken men as they help us build strong children. Thank you for your time and consideration, for more information visit our web site: http://www.kodiakcampsandoutfitters.com Very Respectfully, Steve.