What Should the Voters Know?:
With a deluge of notes, letters, and emails about how much our kids missed their camp, 2021 became the year of family visits! The idea of Glamp Kindle was born and we were off! Families could sign up for a three-day visit in one of several stand alone buildings where they could do their own cooking and maintain isolation within their family group but could still be enveloped in the magic of camp! As one mother so succinctly noted;
“Covid has brought to light the level of isolation cancer families experience. As people have neared 365+ days of isolation, we are at 1000+ days. Having cancer during a pandemic means no public outings, no parties, no play dates, no visits with family. So even a weekend away where the only direct contact we have is with dogs is a very welcomed change of scenery.” – Cynthia AY
Each family received two personalized baskets full of items for them to enjoy during their stay and take home with them after. These baskets were age specific and contained items such as: S’more kits, handmade quilts and blankets, family games, craft packs, colouring and activity books, markers and crayons, snacks, outdoor activities like kites, bubbles and sidewalk chalk, stem activity packs, scavenger hunts and lists of self-guided activities at camp. Families traversed the site and tried all sorts of activities from carpet ball to archery to low ropes and so much more.
As restriction eased, we were able to bring on more staff and open our pool, climbing wall and high ropes course. While it was not summer as it has been known, parents were excited to discover the place held so dearly by their children and our kiddos got to have a visit to their home away from home!
February to September of 2021 saw 106 families – that is 484 people – have a chance at respite from hospital visits and the opportunity to play in the beautiful outdoors of the Rocky Mountains.