BENEFITING: Experience Camps
ORGANIZER: Experience Camps
Hello Friends and Family,
As you have probably heard :), for the past 3 years Dan and I have had the honor of being involved with Experience Camps. These are FREE, one-week camps for boys and girls, ages 9-16, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where all kids can feel normal and nobody has to feel alone, because everyone there understands what it's like to lose someone important. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down.
Personally, we are involved with camp to honor those in our families who have died. For many of our young family members over the years there were no programs like this to ease that pain. We ask you to donate in honor of someone you know who was just too young when someone they love died.
Experience Camps started in 2009 with 27 campers in Maine, and this summer we had 360 campers in Maine, New York and California.
Next year, we're opening a 4th location at Camp Blue Ridge in Georgia to serve our southern states.
Last summer, we had campers from 20 different states.
This year we are absolutely begging you for help since we are competing for a $1 Million grand prize in the Revlon LOVE IS ON challenge! In the Life is Good Crowdrise challenge last year, we won the grand prize of $50,000 for raising the most money. This is possible with your help! It costs our organization $1,000 per camper for the week of camp...imagine the amount of kids we can get to camp with $1Million!!!!!
Still not convinced? Watch OUR VIDEO, a piece that was featured on The Today Show or visit our website or our Facebook page to see photos and videos from all our past summers. OR, just ask either of us anything you want to know! Warning, it may be a long conversation full of emotional stories and grand enthusiasm! But, we can't say it as well as the kids can...here is what some of our campers have to say:
Nick's post (camper since 2010):
Over these past few months...I've gotten strong. I feel as if I'm a better person now. I've learned to love, to forget, to remember, to listen and overall I'm happy with the person I am today. I'm doing the best I can to make mom and dad happy. I just gotta keep striving day to day to prove all those wrong who doubted me and put me down through my rough journey...I think I'm doing a good job. #Strive #Success #DreamChaser #LifeGoals #MakingThemHappy #RIP #LoveYouMom #LoveYouDad
Stephen's Note (camper since 2013):
Experience Camps truly are the best week of the year. As a camper who goes to ManEx (Manitou Experience in Maine), I can say that it is truly the best week of the year. The bonds formed at Manitou (and all ExCamps) bind us into a community, a brotherhood if you will. We stand together, eat together, laugh together, cry together, compete together, and have fun together. Every person in ManEx, CalEx, and KenEx shares a special bond- a loss of someone near to us. Everyone understands the immense pain we all have gone through. Of course College League is amazing (Go Roadrunners!), Mr. ManEx is astounding (From the 2013 Mr. ManEx), Steve Hirsch Night is wonderful, and I am beginning to run out of adjectives to describe Instructionals, Meals, Campfires, Hikes, Games, Bunk Time, and so much more. However, I really do believe that the best part of camp is the fact that this is probably one of the only places in the world where everyone "gets" that feeling deep down inside every camper. That is where I think the Manitou Magic lies. -Stephen McNulty / 4 Year ManEx Camper / Former Mr. ManEx
Finally, if you are still reading, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Please please help us out to raise enough to meet our personal goal of sending 5 kids to camp next summer. Any amount is so very appreciated!!
Cara & Dan