Friday, April 10, 2009

My Shameless Plea

We all find ourselves in need at certain times in our lives. Maybe it's not a financial need. Maybe it's an emotional one, or a physical one, but regardless...we all have needs.

At Grace Adventure Day Camps, we meet needs. Granted they are mostly of the spiritual kind, but we do have the opportunity to meet someone's physical needs as well. Our best way of doing this is through our scholarship program. Last year we were able to support the demand with our supply, directly from our budget. As we grow, the need grows as well. We are no longer able to self-sustain the demand. At the same time we would never want to turn away a child from camp simply because their parents were unable to pay. So, Hillary, why not just petition the church for money? Well, it's not that simple. As a church, we've decided that church-wide, broad fundrasing is not an option. So we've gone the path of sponsorship. This way anyone can feel like they are being a part of camp by "sponsoring" a child. This isn't like Compassion International where you get letters from your child. In fact, it's completely anonymous on both sides. But it does give you a sense of ownership over where exactly your money is being used.

Typically it costs $250 to send one child to camp for one week. I say typically because this is assuming that they need both early and late care plus the cost of a normal week of camp. A sponsor can supply any amount they would like, from ten cents to ten thousand (man, wouldn't that be awesome). So far though we have no sponsors which has forced us to look in other directions. (however, if you would like to be a sponsor or know a business that would like to be a just let me know)

On May 5th we are "eating our way to send to kids to camp" at Chick-Fil-A on John Hopkins Rd in Laurel, MD. 20% of all the food eaten (well at least the money spent on the food eaten) will go to Grace Adventures Day Camp. So the more people that eat at that CFA that night, the more kids we are able to send to camp. See the correlation. The event is from 5-8 pm. Drop in any time, and bring some friends with you too.

Interested in learning more information about camp, or need a summer job?? Email me at!

By the way, have a mentioned how much I love Chick-Fil-A? Seriously, we eat there every Tuesday night. If you don't know this yet, you should. Most CFA's have a special Kid's Night where you get a FREE kid's meal with each adult combo purchase. Where else can you go and get free food, let the kid's play, and even meet and mingle with other parents in the area? CFA is totally an ally in my war on poor customer service.

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