Where Promises BeginBuilding 100 Years of Resiliency
Camp Because I Said I Would will empower 12-17-year-old students, and families in bereavement by building practical resiliency skills. Youth camper scholarships will support children affected by suicidal ideation, bereavement, or abuse. Our programs will focus on:
- Mental health habits and tactics
- Social-emotional learning workshops
- Character development experiences
Supporter CenterResources for sharing the mission of Camp Because I Said I Would
Naming Opportunities InfoThere are over 40 naming opportunities for donors across the 92-acre property that range from $1,000 to $1.5M. Individuals, foundations and companies can learn more with this 4 page PDF.
Fundraising Leader InfoThis document helps supporters who want to help fundraise to build youth cabins at the camp. It includes template messages and ideas that make fundraising easier.
Future DevelopmentIn order to meet our goals, we will be investing in new infrastructure, including youth cabins, an aquatic center, multi-sport courts, an outdoor amphitheatre, a mountain bike pump track, a family activity center, and more!
Youth CabinsThe existing structures at the summer camp are designed for families and corporate retreats, which are equipped with facilities and amenities that are not suitable for hosting children. This is why we need 7 Youth Cabins, specifically designed to cater to the needs of children attending summer camp. These cabins will provide a comfortable and safe environment for the children to stay in, while also allowing them to engage in various activities and programs designed to enhance their skills and experiences. With separate cabins for the children, we can ensure that they have a summer camp experience that is tailored to their specific needs, making it a more enjoyable and memorable one for them.
Aquatic CenterTo supplement our 1.5-acre lake, we will be building an aquatic center for campers and guests. This plan calls for two pools with different purposes. Having multiple pools can allow for different types of activities and programs, such as swim lessons, water aerobics, and recreational swimming. The different pools can be designed to cater to the specific needs of children of different ages, providing an environment that is safe and enjoyable for each age group.
Multi-Sport CourtsRaising funds for two multi-sport courts is crucial for our summer camp as it will provide children with a safe and versatile environment to engage in physical activities. The new facilities will allow children to participate in a variety of sports and games, such as basketball, tennis, and volleyball, providing them with a diverse range of athletic experiences. These courts will also help to develop children's coordination, teamwork, and physical fitness, making them well-rounded athletes. Moreover, multi-sport courts are a great way for children to socialize and make new friends, as they will be able to participate in games and activities with other campers.
Outdoor AmphitheaterAn outdoor amphitheater provides a versatile space for a variety of activities and events. An outdoor amphitheater can be used for everything from large group gatherings, speeches and presentations, to movie nights and campfires. The amphitheater allows campers to come together in a communal setting, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. The outdoor setting also provides children with an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding environment while participating in activities. Additionally, an amphitheater allows for an increased capacity of attendees, making it possible to host larger events and programs that would not be possible in smaller indoor spaces. In short, an outdoor amphitheater is an essential component for a well-rounded summer camp experience, providing children with a versatile and memorable environment for a variety of activities.
The last 2 years of hardship has had a severe impact on the mental health and social-emotional wellbeing of students and families. Many have grown disheartened and cynical, but we refuse to give up. In fact, we’d rather double down. Our work is needed now more than ever. Camp because I said I would will be a place where determination begins. Where tragedy turns to hope and hope becomes a plan. There’s no more time for waiting. History is calling on us to act right now.
Our $5.8M capital campaign can make an impact for 100 years and every donation counts. But donations are not the only way to support the kids and families we serve. Camp because I said I would is an ambitious undertaking that benefits from wide range of generosity.
Donate equipment, supplies, or servicesOur 92-acre property has all kinds of needs. The following list of items and services could make a huge impact on the kids and families we serve. Please contact Jeff North, our Camp Director, on how to make a donation: Jeff@becauseisaidiwould.org.
- Board games (complete with all parts)
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Volunteer with your EmployeesHelp build the camp from the ground up!
Painting cabins, clearing trails, packing Promise Cards mailers, organizing recreational equipment - your team can help in so many ways!
Contact our Camp Director to learn more about having your team volunteer at camp!
Sponsor a Family in NeedOffer comfort and support during a difficult time.
Sponsoring a bereaved family to attend a weekend retreat can be a truly meaningful and compassionate act. It can provide the family with a much-needed opportunity to begin the healing process in a supportive and nurturing environment. At the retreat, they will have the chance to connect with others who have experienced loss and receive guidance from trained professionals. It can also be a chance for the family to step away from the stresses of daily life and focus on their emotional well-being.
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