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Experience Camps
Experience Ca… SAYS:
Dear Friends, We just raised…
Dear Friends,
We just raised $439,000 for Experience Camps in 6 weeks. $40,000 of that was money we WON from Revlon through bonus challenges and for coming in 5th place overall. We competed against huge organizations, climbed to the top, and held our ground for weeks. We had the MOST teams and the MOST donors of any other organization in this challenge.

I could not be more proud of the incredible people who created teams and fundraised for us, and I could not be more thankful for each person who donated, shared, and rallied behind us.

THANK YOU for believing in what we do, for caring about the 400+ campers who will attend camp next summer because of your support, and for giving us the ability to keep growing and expanding our programs to reach more grieving children across the country. Your donation truly makes a difference. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Sara Deren
Executive Director
3 years ago
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Experience Camps
Experience Ca… SAYS:
Dear ExCamps Crowdrise Donor…
Dear ExCamps Crowdrise Donor,
I am so thrilled to announce that Experience Camps is the GRAND PRIZE winner of the Life is Good Challenge!

In addition to the $130K we raised through your donations and support, we won $50K for being the organization that raised the most money during this campaign!

Thank you so much for helping us reach our goal, for supporting the people who feel passionately about this cause, and most importantly, for giving more kids the opportunity to make Experience Camps a part of their lives.

You have truly made a difference.

Have a great weekend!
4 years ago
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Ben Simon
Ben Simon
Jamaica Plain, MA United States
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As a kid, I was a camper at Camp Manitou for six summers. These were the best summers of my childhood, eight weeks of unlimited sports and intense activities such as College League and Color War. Istill to this day consider Manitou to be one of my favorite places in the world. To put it in perspective, my older brother (who was a counselor while I was a camper) and I can still rehash color war baseball games from the '90s as if they happened a few weeks prior. At the age of 16, I made the difficult decision to focus my summers on baseball and said goodbye to Manitou. This past summer, for the first time in 15 years, I went back. Except I didn't go back for summer camp, I went back as a volunteer for the Manitou Experience.

So what is Manitou Experience? It's a one week free of charge summer camp for boys who have experienced a significant death in their life, typically a parent or sibling. It creates a safe place for these boys to share their feelings, laugh, cry, have fun, and create life-long friendships with their peers. Its staff is comprised entirely of volunteers, both clinical and non-clinical, who give up a week of their year to help these children cope with their deepest, most private traumatic experience in their life.



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