CPW2018 Recap: Happy Birthday!
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since we were all together at CPW2018. Our 10th Birthday year set the bar pretty high for other milestone years, but it’s a challenge we’re ready to take on. For those of you who weren’t there (and those of you who were), we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the week and what made it so special.
A huge thank you to all the campers, volunteers, and donors who made this all possible. If you’d still like to donate to our program, click here.
Camp by the numbers:
10th year of Camp Promise-West
15 states and 2 countries represented
9 hospital beds rented
37 Firsts logged
58 volunteer staff
5 campers and 4 volunteers inducted into the 10-Year Club
121 smiling faces, daily
17+ surprises and special guests
This year's theme days included Cabin Color Day, Up Up and Away Day, Animal Farm Day, In the Kitchen Day, and Camp T-Shirt Day with shirts designed by one of our very own campers! We learned lots of new skills, including square dancing with caller Brett Kappenman, writing with Writing Out Loud, candle making with Edgewater Candles, and pizza making with Chef Chris. We rode virtual reality roller coasters with the help of Clowns Unlimited, off-road Action Trackchairs wheelchairs, and even a hot air balloon! As we looked back at the week during our Black and White Ball, it was clear we had made the week a celebration worthy of our 10-year anniversary.
Pontoon boating and canoeing
A first-ever slime fight
Too many arts and crafts projects to count!
Playing a real-life game of Clue all week, with a visit from the FBI visit at the end to help us solve the crime
Corvettes from Corvettes de Olympia (including a new Seahawks-painted one)
Hot Air Ballooning thanks to Reach for the Stars Hot Air Balloon Foundation (shout out to our amazing pilot, Kim!) and a grant from the Dralla Foundation, propane from CHS Northwest and Propane Services Now, and a coordinated effort with Key Pen Parks and Around the Sound Transportation
Alpacas (thanks http://www.snowmountainalpacas.com/)
So! Many! Puppies!
Mini horses (thanks Taylor and Little Hooves!)
A petting zoo (thanks Debbie Doolittle’s Petting Zoo!)
Pre-dance hair and makeup for our campers in Salon Promise (thanks Varonyka!)
Visits from lots of alumni campers and volunteers during our birthday party
A rockstar ProLo (programming and logistics) Team that kept everything moving smoothly
With so many activities, we celebrated LOTS of firsts by both campers and staff, including:
Caught an M&M in my mouth
Had my name tag taken
Doing leather work in arts & crafts
Went in a hot air balloon
Made my own pizza
Participated in an obstacle course
Submitted art to an art gallery
Drove an Action Trackchair
Going to a writing class
Making an FBI handprint
Went on a boat
Got a bullseye at archery
Made a s’more
Sat in a red corvette
My service dog’s first time on a boat
Opened my own gallery
Made crystals for the first time
We were honored to have been a part of such an incredible week with such an wonderful volunteer staff of counselors, ProLo, Unit Leaders, nurses, respiratory therapist, and leadership who went all in to make our campers feel limitless. On behalf of our campers, their families, and the entire camp office, THANK YOU!
** Want to catch up on ALL the fun? Check out our daily photo albums on our Camp Promise-West Facebook page.**
-- Post by Terin Izil