Winter 2021 CAMP Newsletter

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Happy Holidays

Winter 2020

2021 Winter Issue

As 2021 comes to a close, the year-round staff at CAMP would like to thank you for your support. We wish you and your family best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and an incredible start to 2022. Sincerely,

Susan and the CAMP Team! Camping Team– Brandon, Dee, Laura, Alex, Hannah, Ken, and Mason Development Team– Dianna, Lauren, Regina, and Nancy Family Support Team– Michelle, Amanda, and Chris Volunteer & Administration Team– Sarah, Stephanie, Paula, and Bobby


Looking Ahead with Excitement! Looking Ahead to 2022! The year 2020 brought with it many challenges – and lessons. In 2021 CAMP started moving toward a “new normal,” with even more lessons learned along the way. Through it all, we can all agree it has been quite the journey. As we look ahead to 2022 we are planning to hold some version of all of CAMP’s traditional programs – Respite Weekend Camps, Spring Break Camp, Family Weekend Retreats, Parent’s Night Out, Teen and Adult Day Adventure, and, of course, Summer Camp! We will continue to monitor guidelines for best practices where vaccinations, testing, and other precautions are concerned, and will keep information updated as best we can on www.campcamp.org. One of the things we have certainly learned is that situations change – and we are dedicated to continuous monitoring of both internal and external events that impact the health and safety of our CAMP Family. Among the challenges we face in providing safe and healthy CAMP programs, is getting the commitment of volunteer counselors, event staff, and healthcare volunteers necessary to operate our programs. If you are 15-years-old or older and fall into one of those categories, CAMP (and most especially our Campers) needs you! We have volunteer and staff opportunities ranging from a few hours, to a whole week, and even to a whole summer! If you have been involved with CAMP for some time now, you know that every summer we introduce a new theme. We are pleased to announce “Summer Camp 2022: The Expedition Edition.” Join us on this journey as we explore all that CAMP has to offer. Consider becoming a member of the expedition party or perhaps even an expedition leader. Your journey awaits! For more information on ways to get involved, please visit: bit.ly/CAMPjobs for summer employment opportunities bit.ly/CAMPvolunteer for year-round volunteer opportunities

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Make a difference...Volunteer! Calling all Volunteers – spring programs need you! CAMP continues to be incredibly grateful for the time and dedication volunteers contribute to help support our programs and Campers. The fall season was filled with wonderful weekends at Camp CAMP where volunteers helped Campers and their Families reach their maximum potential by canoeing along the Guadalupe River, making pottery in the Arts & Crafts pavilion, and dancing the night away underneath the beautiful Texas Hill Country stars. Volunteers also spent Saturdays with our Campers out in the San Antonio community enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature, and participating in thrilling adventures. So many CAMP programs – so many Volunteers – so many Camper smiles!

We have just as much fun planned for the spring, including the return of our Parent’s Night Out program (PNO). Which means we need YOU! We cannot wait to see our younger Campers back at our programs. With such an undertaking we will need the help of our extraordinary volunteers to accomplish this and encourage everyone to sign up! Thanks to all our volunteers out there for being a part of our programs, for helping spread the word of CAMP’s volunteer opportunities and getting more people to join our ranks. So many fresh faces have been added to the volunteer team from recruitment efforts all around! CAMP Volunteers are the driving force of our CAMP family. It is because of the dedication, enthusiasm, and heartfelt devotion of our volunteers that CAMP programs continue to strengthen and inspire our special needs community now and to come.

Click here to sign up today:

bit.ly/CAMPVOLSTAFFAPPLICATION or email volunteerservices@campcamp.org if you have any questions.

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Spotlight on

Claudio Ramos Claudio Ramos started volunteering at CAMP in the summer of 2019. Originally, his mom signed him up and he agreed to go because his friends said it was fun. “The friendship and camaraderie of CAMP made me feel welcome during my first time out.” Claudio’s first Camper buddy was Robert and his favorite activity of the week was the dance. “Robert loved the dance. He came casual, in cargo shorts. We shut down that dance – and it felt so good to see him be himself”. Claudio’s favorite activity is canoeing, because it is a very calm time in what can be a little chaotic during a CAMP session! “I love seeing Campers out on the water, and it’s something that is rare for people to do outside of CAMP.” Claudio volunteers frequently at respite weekends and multiple weeks in the summer. “It’s a lot of fun. I feel productive, have a good time with friends, and get to meet new people and see the joy of the Campers. It puts me in a good mood.”

Thank you Claudio for your amazing commitment to CAMP!

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2021 Tax Statements Page 6

If you gave CAMP a tax-deductible donation in 2021, you will receive a tax statement in the mail in mid-January!


CAMP is excited to start Parent’s Night Out (PNO) program back up in January 2022! Please consider purchasing from our Amazon wish list to help us kickstart this program. Any item is appreciated and will be used for activities such as: arts and crafts, sports and games and much more.

bit.ly/CAMPSMILE

Be a CAMP Champion! Champions fore Charity is a unique opportunity for you to give to CAMP and have 7% of your gift matched by Valero through the 2022 Valero Texas Open. With this amazing program, YOU can make a 107% difference for CAMP!

WOW!

Champions fore Charity is open now through April 3, 2022.

Guess the Champion Contest To add even more excitement, guess who will win the 2022 Valero Texas Open tournament for a chance to win a Stay & Play Gift Package to TPC San Antonio and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort (must provide email address on donation form). The Stay & Play Gift Package Includes: 3-night stay at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa; breakfast for two (2) each morning; two (2) rounds of golf for two (2) at TPC San Antonio; spa service for two (2).

Even More Fun... For added fun, twenty-five (25) lucky donors will be randomly drawn to each win a $100 Valero gas gift card!

Visit CAMP’s website at bit.ly/champ4CAMP to make a secure gift that will benefit CAMP at 107%!

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Tributes are from September 1 through November 30 CAMP's Year-Round Staff by Mr. Jason Curtis Collins Allen by Julie Allen by Mrs. Jennifer McGaughy Collins Allen and Sophia Zaldivar by Katherine Reynolds Julie Allen by Cindy Boynton Redia Anderson by Ms. Regina C. Anderson Regina Anderson by Ms. Redia Anderson Robert Boehm by Ms. Shelby Boehm Brandon Briery by Barbara Bennett by Richard Jones by Mary R Richardson Virgil O. Briery by Dr. Brandon Briery Kelly Camacho by Deborah James Lynne Smith Cooper by Vicki Alford Stephen Cuellar by Mr. Edward Cuellar Dr. Robert de Lemos, Dr. Chris Plauche, Dr. Fred McCurdy, and Dr. Don McCurnin by Dr. Mark Croley Leo DeSantis by Emily Desantis JB and Logan Elble by Michelle Elble Vincent Esqueda by George Esqueda Jr. Trent Evans by Ms. Rebecca Darling by Mrs. Johanna Dee Evans by Mr. Matt Evans by Mrs. Nancy Smith Rashon and Mirande by Ms. Ruth Eyres Paul Furukawa by Brandon Briery Nancy Gerson by Ms. Andrea McDaniel by Debby Zucker Nancy Gerson and Lauren Weiss by Beth Keough Kylie Gordon by Natalie Velez

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Ivalis Guajardo by Ms. Tanya Garza Ada Guerra by Catherine Graham Breanna Harrison by Michelle Autry Michael Hawkins by Amy Hawkins Mikie Hawkins by a Giving Fund Jacob Hopkins by Tim & Dianna Hopkins Gregorio Nava by Ms. Frances Jimenez Susan Osborne by Brandon Briery by Mr. Paul Urban Susan Osborne and Toni Hill by Dr. Madeleine Reichert-Zachary Dr. Chris Plauche by Marcia Gharib by Cara A Gloor by Tara Gorman by Marci Kwan by Elizabeth Riley by Schwab Charitable Fund by Rebecca Sheddrick Dr. Chris Plauche and Shelley Watanabe by Ms. Anne Gibson George by Thalia Sanchez Dan and Susie Pruett by Catherine Graham The Mazzotta Family by Judi McQueary Jason Rau by Wayne Rau Trisha Rivera by Ms. Martha Knight Madeleine Reichert Zachary by Ms. Jay Vargas-Zachary Marc Scherbarth by Mrs. Gaylene C. Stokes Sarah Sebesta by Vickie Sebesta Shelley Watanabe by Tara Gorman Gentry Williams by Jared Williams Sam and Noah Willoughby by Kenda Willoughby


Tributes are from September 1 through November 30 Becky Adams by Mrs. Kathy McClaugherty Scarlett Ancellotti by Mr. Jim Massey Scarlett Ancellotti and Rachel Reavis by Ms. Dana Sims Nathaniel Barker by Mr. Don Barker Sammie Marie Briery by Dr. Brandon Briery by Mr. Virgil Briery by Ms. Cheryl Busald Christy Brown by Ms. Phebe Brown Joey Cavazos by Dr. Brandon Briery by Ms. Jennifer A. Cavazos Meghan Hill by Ms. Bonnita Gaddis by Mr. Raymond Judd Ian Hinkle by Ms. Hannah Cruz Matt Lipham by Mr. Willis Lipham Nathan Lockhart by Ms. Melissa Freyre Papa and Mama Magaro by Mrs. Bernadette McKay Pete and Helen Magaro by Ms. Lindsay Laviada Neal McClaugherty by Mr. Larry McClaugherty Tommy L. McMillion by Dr. Linda McMillion Mary Markette Weaver by Mr. Donald Weaver Brian McCord by Mrs. Kathy McClaugherty Lili Meigs by Mrs. Kimberly Mears by Ms. Amanda Meigs Clay Howard and Lauren Pickett by Ms. Amanda Moore Pete Rosas by Christina Rosas Anthony M. Smith by Ms. Cynthia Smith

Virginia Allred Stacey by Mr. Allan Kropp Maria Stancombe by Ms. Marilyn H. Stancombe Travis Strand by Mrs. Nancy Algert Richard Tauer by Mrs. Kathleen Tauer Alyssa Terrell by Peggy Harrison by Mrs. Jennifer Hitzfelder by Paula McCullough by Mrs. Susan Serrato by Teresa Terrell Zachary Thurmond by Ms. Helen Baker by Jordan Gonzalez Eric van Hell by Ms. Nicole Smith Fred Wallace by Debby Krenrich by Stephanie Mancina by Ms. Mary Mansbach by Sharla Polish by Daidrie Ross by Lea Ann Watson Rhett Urban by Paul Urban Courtney Wright by Ms. Kari Butts

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Happy Holidays

CAMP is a great place to do your Eagle Scout Project, Gold Award Project, or a Troop wide project. Contact Alex (CAMP’s resident Eagle Scout) to for more information or to set up a project at:

alex.grimm@campcamp.org

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential PO Box 27086 | San Antonio, Texas 78227 (210) 671-5411 | www.campcamp.org