During the summer of 2017, 2,071 campers attended Firwood and we had 1,575 registrations at Fircreek. An additional 308 participated in our Awesome Summer Adventure which integrated into our Fircreek program. Each of these kids were supported largely by DSHS and represented a sector of at-risk kids that we care for year round. Totaling them all up we had just shy of 4,000 kids in our summer programs at the Firs.
It cost up to $479 a week to attend camp at Firwood. It costs $182 a week to attend Fircreek and 60% of our kids there come for more than one week. Think about those parents who have more than one child they are sending and the cost rockets up. It’s an expensive proposition for many families.
For many years now we have operated under the NOLO challenge as a staff and organization to the best of our ability. That means we are determined to have no one left out. If a child wants to come to camp but can’t because of financial reasons we don’t turn them down. Our Campership Fund allows us to pay for part or in some cases all of their registration costs. This past summer 105 Firwood campers and 151 Fircreek campers were awarded camperships (about 6%). A total of a little more than $56,000 was disbursed.
Coming off the summer our campership fund is deplete – even more than depleted. And, like every year, we are dependent upon folks like you to bring it back up to where it needs to be in order to keep up. It’s one of the most important things that any camp will tell you that they do and we are no exception. So please give prayerful consideration as to how you might help make a difference in the lives of children and youth for eternity and click on the link below. Under “What would you like to support?” use the drop down menu to find “Campership Fund.” Thanks so much!
Tom Beaumont, Executive Director