It was September 29, 2018.
I was headed from the boathouse to the docks - with every intention of soaking in the starlit sky with some fellow Camp Court campers - when I found out my dad died.
The 'best day of my life' quickly turned to the worst.
For my 29th birthday,
For the two-year anniversary of losing my Dad,
For the kids experiencing and navigating deep loss and grief,
In this year where camps were canceled all across the world,
In this year filled with collective loss and global grief,
I am asking you to donate to Experience Camps.
Experience Camps are free one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a place where they can feel "normal" because everyone there has been through something similar and understands what it's like to lose someone important to them. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you..."It's the best week of the year".
A little Background on Camp Court & The 2020 Goal:
2018: Camp Court was created. Within a month we had a camp, a plan, and 34 RSVPs. Ya'll showed up and made my camper dreams come true. My dad died. My world shifted upside down. Your camp spirit, love and support was what got me through.
2019: We showed up bigger & better than before. 50+ registrations for Camp Court. Everyone still paid a $50 Registration Fee. Yellow Team won the Color Wars. We hoisted the Yellow Team bandana on the flagpole. Ya'll reminded me my Dad was still there.
In 2020: my goal is to match last year in spirit (and numbers!) to send one grieving kid to camp. 50 campers. 50 Registration Fees. $2,500. One fully-funded week of Experience Camps for one grieving kid.
Team Camp Court - will collectively be funding one week of camp for one grieving kid.
For those of you that have attended Camp Court, you've experienced and shared in my love for camp. Will you donate your 2020 Camp Court Registration Fee to fund one camper to attend Experience Camps?
For those of you that haven't attended Camp Court before, consider this your invitation for the next in-person camp weekend. This year, would you donate your $50 Registration Fee to fund one camper to attend Experience Camps for grieving children?
If you click the Camp Swag* button, you'll find different donation options grant you a different camp-spirited 'thank you' gift:
- $25 donation --> Experience Camps Stickers
- $50 donation --> Camp Court Button
- $75 donation --> Tie-Dye Bandana
- $500 donation --> VIP Special Access to Camp Court 2021
*note: if you click the "Donate" button (instead of the "Camp Swag" button) you will simply be making a donation rather than a contribution in return for a camp 'thank you' gift.