I spent all of my summers in between college working as a counselor, head counselor, and support staff at Camp Blodgett. The team that is in place right now is poised to make an ever greater impact on the development of the Greater Grand Rapids inner city youth than EVER!
I played their Acoustic Sunset Concert Series (a free series that is sponsored by private and public donations, by the way) on Sunday, June 5th - CAMP B'S LITERAL 95TH ANNIVERSARY! It was serendipitous and so sweet to get back to the lake; the community; the counselors and staff. To me, Camp Blodgett will forever hold a spot in my soul. And thanks to their concert series program, I'm making the BIG BUCKS!
I AM DONATING HALF OF MY PAYCHECK, $250, RIGHT BACK TO THE ART VAN CHARITY CHALLENGE! LET'S SET THEM OVER THEIR GOAL OF $200,000! If you also have access to BIG MONEY and want to play your part, please contact me! Now, more on Camp Blodgett...
At Camp Blodgett, we encourage kids to dream BIG through life-changing summer camp experiences and year round leadership programs. We believe that ALL kids should have access to these kinds of opportunities, regardless of their families' ability to pay. Our leadership programs are entirely free and summer camp is offered on an income-based sliding fee scale, meaning that 90% of our kids attend a week of summer camp on the shores of Lake Michigan for $40 or less.
Wondering what Camp Blodgett looks like through a child's eyes? If you haven't already, watch our video above. Smiles guaranteed :)
Camp Blodgett turns 95 this year! That’s right, starting in June, we’ll be celebrating our 95th Birthday all summer long! And we are so excited to be kicking off our 95th summer by participating in the Art Van Charity Challenge!! We applied this spring and are already so honored to have been selected to compete against other great charities serving children, health, and human services in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. The organization that raises the most during the Challenge period (May 18th to June 22nd) will win the $100,000 grand prize donation from Art Van!
We know what you’re thinking… Yes, we are one of the smaller organizations competing in the challenge. Yes, our goal of raising $200,000 is a BIG goal. Especially in such a short time frame. (Note: The cost of supporting one child for a week of summer camp is roughly $400, and our goal of $200,000 is what’s needed to support all 500 campers at Camp Blodgett this summer!)
But listen up, folks: WE CAN WIN!
Surely, you’ve heard the saying, “Small organization… Big heart!” And that is exactly what we have. We have a HUGE heart for kids. Actually, our 95-year history means that we have THOUSANDS of huge hearts!! And “we” means YOU, too! Because if you are reading this page, we know that you or someone you are close to has been affected by Camp Blodgett in a BIG way. Whether a counselor, camper, parent, volunteer, young leader, donor, staff member, or someone who is just learning about Camp Blodgett – all of our hearts grow BIGGER when we come TOGETHER for something bigger than ourselves.
And if just 100 of you sign up to become individual fundraisers, and each person raises $2,000 (that’s five “camperships”), we will reach our goal of $200,000 in no time!
If you have any questions or comments, email Erica Czaja at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!