Geneva Glen Camp Dear GG Friends, Another GG summer is behind us and it was a wonderful 9 weeks! This being my first summer back, I did a lot of observing and even more listening. I must say that a lot is exactly how I remembered! The changes I noticed were mainly minor, changes that I assume happened gradually over time. But I assure you that the “Spirit of the Glen” is still very prevalent! Myths & Magic was a great way to start, with 180 six to eight year-olds, all full of energy, wonderment, and adventure. The circus tent set up over the Council Ring was a site to see, while our last day ended with the Dirty Derby, with yours truly getting covered in mud from head to toe. We introduced some new ideas to American Heritage including an optional merit system for seniors with recognition medallions for the Juniors and Middlers. Each cabin and dorm group had a “family” name, and campers created an emblem for that family which they painted on a wooden necklace. Rendezvous became our big end-ofsession event to feature our new family groups. Surveys from the campers were all very positive, so I believe we are onto something good! The four weeks of Knighthood were almost exactly as I remembered. Merlin’s Masque was a thrill to see, while the Pulling of the Sword is still a strong tradition. I was amazed at the number of campers in attendance during Knighthood that were on their 8th, 9th, or 10th year of Geneva Glen! World Friendship provided camp a lot of much needed rain, which gave us a couple extended rest hours, but did little to affect the programming. Olympics was a huge success, and the cultural learning experienced by the campers involvement with their dorm and cabin country groups was exciting to see! On a final note, I was thrilled to get to know many of the campers and staff that are children of alumni that I attended camp with back in the day. In the Spirit of the Glen,
Casey Klein, Director
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While the 2018 summer brought along some changes at Geneva Glen, much of the summer stayed true to the rich traditions and ceremonies we’ve all come to love and cherish over the years. Things kicked off during Myths & Magic Check-In with princesses, fairies, and pirates roaming the hills and the magic continued throughout the session.
The annual Hogwarts Feast was a success. A wayward pirate raced the campers around camp to beat them to his “lost treasure.” Clowns, strongmen, tightrope walkers and wild animal trainers delighted the crowds at the Circus. The final day of the session once again saw our campers (and counselors!) covered in mud, Jell-O, flour, and ice cream for our Myths & Magic grand finale, the Dirty Derby! This year’s dirtiest derbiers, crowned as the 2018 Mud Pie King and Queen were River Finck and Scout DeStefano! Long live the Mud Pie King & Queen!
American Heritage saw the biggest programming overhaul this summer and it was a major success! 2018 saw the introduction of skill-based track programming for Seniors and a token-based system for Juniors and Middlers that encouraged the campers to get out and dive into all of the programs camp has to offer. Seniors had the option to pursue any of the five tracks, each incorporating tasks from various camp programs and modeled after real-life frontiersmen and women. The tracks were Trailblazer, Range Rider, Naturalist, Buckskinner, and Headliner. We
were happy to see a number of campers complete the first level of a track and we expect that number to grow significantly next year! This summer, each age group also became a “Family Group” that represented a different set of people from the American frontier days, so from youngest to oldest, we had the Tommyknockers, Buckaroos, Prospectors, Arapaho, Pioneers, Scouts, Mountaineers, Revolutionaries, and Ute. On the last full day of the session, each Family Group came together in a Rendezvous, bringing some piece of their heritage to the event. There was pemmican, apple pies, panning for gold, a Sasquatch rock monster, and a whole lot more. We had a special guest, Andy Cozad, that we were connected with from the Tesoro Foundation that worked with our Arapaho and Ute groups to present authentic dances from his native tribe. Andy is a member of the Kiowa tribe and serves on the American Indian Parental Advisory Committee for the Adams 12 School District. He taught a number of our campers dances and shared stories, songs, and drumming on the night of our Rendezvous. The Rendezvous night ended with our brand new American Heritage awards ceremony, recognizing Lucy Ballard as the first Middler to acquire all 10 tokens, and the following campers for achieving their first level in their chosen tracks: Headliners: Kendall Baldwin, Sam Hewetson, Greer Ransweiler, & Morgan Estes. Range Riders: Annabelle Torgove & America Cordero. Buckskinners: Ari Klotas and Naturalists: Hannah Hammond. The final award of the night was the Spirit of America Award, a new award for 2018 with the following definition: “During American Heritage, we strive to instill a deeper appreciation of the history and culture of the great Americans that created our country. Our country’s
foundation comes from a diverse melting pot of people all blended together to form our great nation. At Geneva Glen, we recognize one camper and one counselor each year during American Heritage that displays outstanding leadership and devotion to these ideals. This person’s acceptance of all cultures, ability to teach others these traditions, and enthusiasm for American history is evident to all those around them, and inspires others to follow in their steps.” Each Family Group nominated one camper to be considered for this award, and the nominees were: Trennon Peteranetz, Davis Johnston, Joselyn Mendez, MacGregor Lang, Ellie Drescher, Audrey Birkey, Sofie Henry, Hannah Hammond, and Maddy O’Connor. Maddy O’Connor was selected as the inaugural winner of the Spirit of America award and Kylie Kachmer was selected from staff.
Knighthood I got off to a rousing start as Ken Atkinson rocked the opening night Council Fire with his trademark rendition of ‘Dem Bones and the Rock ‘n Roll continued into the 4th of July with the Banjo Man capping off a day long celebration in the softball diamond. Campers were once again blessed to be taken into the depths of Arthurian lore as John Vogt relayed the story of “Erec and Enide” and the importance of Love and Loyalty to oneself. We were also fortunate to get a visit from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers who pass along principles and tips for sustainability and how to best live in and alongside our beautiful natural environment.
The morning stories set the stage for another magical Merlin’s Masque. This year, Merlin was played by Jax Vasbinder (Merlin the Child), Sam Kanewske (Merlin the Boy), and Ryan Porter (Merlin the Enchanter). The entire cast of actors, singers, and dancers enchanted the Council Ring. Trainee Nelle Kanewske, returned to the role of the Lady of the Lake that was first performed by her mother, Meg (Elkjer) O’Connell, at Geneva Glen in 1992.
Induction and Ladies Court saw just one camper, Paul Skok, enter the ranks of the Sir Knights, but the staff awards were plentiful as Reid Byrne, Wes McMullen, and Nick Thomas were awarded with Silver Spurs, Troy Witonksy received a Gold Star, Jessie Dickter, Sophie Knauf, Abbey Obourn, and Kellie Warren received their Roses, and Annie Eidenschink was recognized with the Lady of the Bracelet. The majesty of Knighthood II was as present as ever as Ben Malek pulled the sword from the stone to become Geneva Glen’s 81st King Arthur and he handed the rose to Aubrey Crawford, 2018’s Queen Guinevere.
camps in Colorado! What better way to show the qualities of Knighthood than by encouraging kindness throughout camp! The final night of the session was a busy one for both the Knights and the Ladies in Knighthood II. Ten campers were inducted as Sir Knights: Miles Ambroggio, Drew Birdsong, Seamus Cassidy, Charlie Cohen, Jake Jent, Riley Kidston, Tag Lees, Ben Malek, Nathan Tamkin, and Connor Triplett. Silver Spurs were awarded to Eli Cramer, Harris Griswold, Alex Izbiky, and Oliver Moyski. The elusive Bronze Horseshoe was given to Toby Yarrington. Roses went to Lindsay Magill, Caley Moon, and Kathryn Yetter. Kylie Kachmer received her Lady of the Bracelet. The colorful decorations and festive sounds of World Friendship are always a welcome way to close out the summer and this year was no exception! The Olympic competitions culminated in Saturday’s field day that included a cross-country run, a belly-flop contest, some intense synchronized swinging, and much, much more!
The Council Ring transformed into a rhyme filled wonderland for this year’s musical, Seussical, Jr. The Cat in the Hat was portrayed by longtime GG musical veteran Sumner Grey alongside headliners Noah LeBlanc as Jojo, and Clayton Baldwin as Horton the Elephant. The final night of the summer was filled with great food, songs, and performances during Chautauqua and culminated in our final awards of the summer. Christian Roy and Alex Swats were the well-deserved recipients of Geneva Glen’s Sportsmanship Award and the Peace Prize nominees were filled with veteran GG campers. Sumner Grey, Aspen Reeves, Luc Filion, Noah LeBlanc, Blake Mann, and Matai Schwalger were all nominated while the Peace Prize was awarded to Sally Johnson and Teddy Hickenlooper.
The afternoon featured a Carnevale celebration that led to the evening’s Luau dance, organized by the Krew.
The Court included Kendall Baldwin, Izzi Bryson, Elsa Edmonds, Caitlin Estes, America Gonzalez, Lucy Grylicki, Zoe Halax, Nelle Kanewske, Aspen Reeves, Elli Rouse, Miles Ambroggio, Caden Cramer, Ben Fitzpatrick, Noah LeBlanc, Ben Sampson, Declan Soane, Steven Soltes, Hails Traficanti, Connor Triplett, Toby Yarrington, and alternates Lauren Jiron and Charlie Cohen.
Tim Hogan stopped by for Vespers to tell tales of his travels and pass along the message that the word “universe” means “one song” and that our differences and unique traits are meant to come together to create a great harmony in the world.
July 24th marked the American Camp Association’s “Camp Kindness Day” and Geneva Glen got involved by encouraging acts of kindness to each other and to the environment, all throughout the day. Many campers even wrote kind letters to other
Campers were once again treated to the excellent Island Dancing evening play organized and performed by a wonderful camp family that included host Maui (Noah Schwalger) and his brothers and current campers, Matai & Troy Schwalger.
In a summer of new leadership, the staff and campers ensured that the Magic of the Glen is as strong and alive as ever and that Geneva Glen will continue, as always, on the upward trail.
441 of our campers that attended Geneva Glen this summer were progeny of alums! And these are just campers! About a fourth of all staff members are also progeny of GG alums. Talk about a family! Cherishing the past, nurturing the present, seeding the future! Stella Addis Beckett Addis Douglas Allen Remy Allen Brady Allison Henry Allison Samuel Allison Brody Ambroggio Holden Ambroggio Logan Ambroggio Miles Ambroggio Jake Ammann Murphy Ammann Julia Anderson Libby Anderson Hanna Anderson James Anderson Corbin Anno Ravi Apte Bingham Ashley Chase Atamian Owen Atamian Paige Augustine Petra Augustine Stephanie Aukema Gerrit Aukema Emily Austad William Austad Nova Badrena Ashlyn Bailey Paige Bailey Clayton Baldwin Kendall Baldwin Jack Bambalas Charlie Barrow Zeke Battersby Zegen Beasley Henry Bell Aila Benavidez Joshua Bertoli Tucker Blue Poppy Borus Nya Borwick Kendall Brooks Alex Brown Caroline Brownson Connor Brunger Charles Bruno Elizabeth Bryson Alexander Buhr Allison Burkhart Matthew Burkhart Erin Burns Nora Butler Ethan Buxman Vivian Cain-Weingram Kayla Calvert Emilio Canete-Hand Connor Capoot Brigid Cassidy Seamus Cassidy Calvin Cecil Everett Cecil Margaret Cecil Brooks Charles Oliver Charles Nico Chinea Sydney Chivers Elise Christman Grace Christman Logan Christman Lucy Clanahan-Kuhn Joe Clark Josephine Clark
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Myths & Magic June 10 - 14, 2019
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How does the Trainee program work? A Trainee is a camper selected for a leadership role all summer. We generally choose between 8-10 campers to participate in this program. They are able to enjoy the fun of being a camper with some of the responsibilities of being a staff member at GG. There is a high expectation of the camper's leadership abilities and loyalties to the values they've learned through our teen programs. At Geneva Glen, a camper who will be 16 and entering 11th grade in the summer may apply for Trainee. Keep in mind that it is a full summer commitment — which will be June 9 through August 11, 2019. The camper applies online and the application will be available December 1.
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Yes, storks do visit in New Orleans, and we will have proof as Emily Hall (‘90s & ‘00s) and Scott Beckett are expecting baby #2! Emily brought us news in May when she visited, and as expectant mothers tend to be, she was glowing! Older sister Kit is ecstatic to find out if she will have a little brother or sister.
Knowing the genes in this family, little Devlin Moriarty, is blessed with musical talent and plenty of stage presence. We are happy for Ciara Gay (‘90s & ‘00s) and Richie Moriarty, as Devlin joined their abode in late February! Of course aunt Alana (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s), uncle Jeff (‘90s & ‘00s), and cousin Tenley Gowin are over the moon!
News that Jacob Hartung’s (‘90s & ‘00s) family is growing as he and his wife, Merideth, are welcoming baby girl #2 Dane Harbaugh (‘90s & ‘00s) and wife, Andrea, proudly this year. introduced little Sadie to the Kate Sommers-Dawes (‘90s & ‘00s) and husband David world in February. Dane’s are eagerly awaiting the arrival of her first baby this brother Dave (‘90s & ‘00s) will winter. We know that uncle Xander Sommers (‘80s, ‘90s, fill in with uncle duties as ‘00s) will spoil this baby rotten like he does for so many needed! We imagine Sadie other GG alum babies. will soon love horses and wolves (if grandma Valerie has Amy Stanesco was glowing at the Council Fire in her way)! September as she announced news that she and husband Tom Robbins, are expecting their first baby. Delighted for Xan White (‘90s & ‘00s) and wife, Jess, who welcomed new little girl, Extraordinary news from Paige Kack Owen (‘00s) as she Eleanor Sara on April 15! They are and her hubby Bill announced via Facebook that they will presently living in Northern California, but be welcoming triplets this winter. Paige worked at GG as with grandparents in Denver, we hope they one of our nurses in 2009. will show her off to us soon!
Double the fun for the Williamson/Lawrenz families! Twins seem to be in fashion as progeny bundles of joy graced our GG family! March brought a stork visit to Chelsea Williamson (‘90s & ‘00s) and Joey Lawrenz (‘90s & ‘00s), as Maggie and Lou bounded in at a chunky weight. Of course Red (‘70s) and Cathie Williamson are in love. These cuties have many extended GG alums on both sides of the family. We can’t wait to welcome them to GG in 2026! Jane Rockwell Carlson (‘70s) and Douglas, are elated to be the proud grandparents to twin girls. Lily and Maggie were born in early May to parents David (‘90s & ‘00s) and Rachel Carlson. We know great-grandma, Bea Miller Romer (‘40s), was overjoyed, and expects to teach them songs from when she was a counselor in the ‘40s. We can just imagine Andrew (‘90s & ‘00s) as the Best Uncle on the Planet! Congratulations to all!
Recalling Matt Clifton’s (‘80s & ‘90s) days in the dodgeball court and now he has transitioned into a dad living in Oakland, CA. His daughter, Nora, was born March 7 and weighed in at 9 lbs 5 ozs! Barb Clifton (‘80s), long time GG cook and mother of Matt is a proud grandma. Brother Ian Clifton (‘80s & ‘90s) must be delighted too. Ian’s sons Alex and Andrew are already veterans of the GG magic. Erin Meier Borgman (‘90s & ‘00s) and Tim welcomed another daughter, Elise Quinn, to their family in August. Big sister Alexandra and must be thrilled about her! Hayley Campbell Heiner (‘90s & ‘00s) and husband, Wade, welcomed one more girl into that family, Audrey Grace Heiner. We suspect that the Campbell clan of gals is already spoiling Audrey! John Arigoni (‘90s & ‘00s) and wife, Ashley, welcomed a bouncing baby boy named John last winter. We know that baby John must share his father’s megawatt smile.
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Last winter, Rosia Warner Parrish (‘90s & ‘00s) and daddy Brent, welcomed little Harper Louise to their lives. Rosia states that Harper loves eating (recently, organic peaches), crawling after our cats, giggling up a storm, almost saying dada, and has her first tooth! Rosia’s twin, Aunt Morgan (‘90s & ‘00s) - mother to Henry, and Rosia, must be incredible mothers!
Casey Carr (‘90s & ‘00s) and wife, Jen, are genuinely overjoyed with their little bundle, Anderson (Andy) Bret Carr, who arrived in August. We are sure he will become a world traveler with his mom and dad. We are delighted for Brad Sheehan (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s) and wife, Alice, as they welcomed this darling show-stopper, Marion, last winter! We hope that Marion and the Lawrenz twins will be our Krew Bosses in 2035 just like their daddies.
A post on Facebook announced the engagement of DB (David) Mares (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s) to his sweetie, Amanda Mitchell. We are also excited for Jen Miller (‘90s & ‘00s) to marry her beau, Aaron Baygell.
Coza Perry (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s) tied the knot with Joel Barber in June. She was beaming on the day of her wedding and is off to new adventures with her hubby. Coza is an active member in the Young Alums. In July, Tawny Reagan (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s) said “I do” to Luca Baccega (‘10s) at a camp-filled wedding in Littleton. The two met at camp when they were on staff together. Emily Rosenwasser (‘90s & ‘00s) was married to John Gedeon this summer. She keeps in touch with a healthy list of GG friends who witnessed her special day. News arrived that Corey Rosen (‘90s & ‘00s) married Zach Zirkelbach this summer in a mountain wedding. The ceremony was attended by several GG alum. Former King, Kevin Schadt (‘90s & ‘00s) found his princess. He married long-time girlfriend and Denver native, Amy, in California. We wish them the best! Dan Warner shared news that Devon Fanning tied the knot with fiancée Katia Heinzman in September. Dan said it was a beautiful setting in Crested Butte and he raved about the cauliflower steak that was served. Geoff Cromwell (‘00s) celebrated his nuptials to Emily in Alaska in early July. They both attended 95th reunion last fall and she fit in perfectly to the Geneva Glen family.
Jeannie Wert Gomez (‘90s & ‘00s) showed up for the GG Upward Trail Run in September with a new baby girl strapped onto her chest. Olivia was born on July 17 and has brought nothing but happiness to everyone, including her uncles Scott (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s) & Davis (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s).
We recently heard that the question was popped to Latrice Lee (’90s & ‘00s) by her long-term boyfriend, Kellen. We sure know that wedding will turn into a Latrice-style dance party!
Bonnie LaFleur, beloved mother and friend to all, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer in June. Bonnie was a nurse for Geneva Glen in the ‘90s and was always a huge supporter of camp. Her children attended Geneva Glen spanning over several decades and two of her grandsons attended this summer. She will be missed dearly! Rod Munroe, GG alum (’70s & ‘80s) passed away September 7th. He was a beloved member of the Geneva Glen family. Please keep these families in your thoughts.
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It’s been a busy fall season up at Geneva Glen! We welcomed small, but enthusiastic groups to our very first Fall Weekends and they were a great success! Parents were able to introduce their children, who have never attended camp, to the songs and sights. Spouses were able to give their significant others a taste of what all the fuss is about, and campers were able to show their parents around the place they call their second home. We had hikes, big swings, ziplines, BBs, bows and arrows, and of course the pool was very popular too. Based on the feedback, we’re definitely planning on bringing these programs back next fall, so keep an eye out for details and make sure to clear some weekends for camp next September! The GG Upward Trail Run ended with all smiles (and some labored breathing) for runners and volunteers alike! This year’s edition offered a “Senior” and “Middler” route option to go along with the Junior race on the road that goes around the Meadow. Tom Robbins, husband to GG alum Amy Stanesco, took home first place once again, so start training now if you want to take down the champ next fall! While we weren’t able to host as many weekends as we would have liked, a new potential annual event may have been born out of the opportunity! Our Fall Equinox Council Fire had around 120 attendees who got to roast up a marshmallow for a s’more before joining together in songs, laughter, and fellowship. Ken and Nancy captured everyone’s attention as they led songs and shared their “Legends, Lies and Limerick’s” before closing in a traditional GG fellowship circle.
From the fall equinox to the winter solstice! If you’re currently in 8th -11th grade, then you’re eligible to apply for the 2018 Winter Workshop! Sledding, snacks, soaking, cookies, crafts, and carols, there’s no end to the possible activities available to you at the Xhop! We’ll be tromping through the snow from December 21st-24th this year, so get out your winter clothes and start planning your White Reindeer gift. A few notes on this year’s Winter Workshop:
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The Geneva Glen Young Alum's are gearing up for the 6th Annual Great Glen Beer Festival! The event will be held on Saturday, October 20 at GoSpotCheck (1500 Market Street, Denver, CO), and is open to any and all alumni, as well as non-camp friends and family! The event is 21+ and will feature home-brewed beer, cider, and liquor from over 10 GG alums. Tickets include food, non-craft beer, and wine if craft beer isn't your cup of tea. Speaking of tickets - if you're a GGYA member, the event is $25 per ticket, if not it will be $30 for the event. Or take advantage of our membership and ticket special for $50. As always, the event will include a silent auction - so if you have any old-school camp memorabilia, extra sports tickets, or anything else (maybe a weekend trip to your family's cabin during ski season) we would love to add it to our auction items. Join us for a fun evening raising money for camperships! If you have any questions regarding the evening, don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Big news from G/ Barn! The time has finally come to replace the old stables. Built around 1955, the existing structure has billeted over 60 summers of horses, hay, saddles, and lots of pucky! The years have taken their toll and with the foundation starting to give way, it’s time to rebuild. The new facility design comes from Dan Warner and Reid McKnight with Brian “Skimo” Fagerstrom (Pendragon, honorary Sir Knight, and husband of Missy Beeman Fagerstrom) from Amaktoolik Studios as the principle architect. The civil engineering is being completed by Amanda O’Connor and her firm (Entitlement and Engineering Solutions), and structural engineering by Scott Wert (Martin & Martin). It’s reassuring to have these GG alum professionals working to build the new home for the G/ herd. The new facility features 36 feeding stalls, 2 interior stalls, 2 exterior stalls, an interior working aisle, office, improved grain storage, and expansions to the hay loft, tack room, and tool storage. Demolition is underway, and the new facility will be completed for the 2019 summer. Follow the construction on Instagram @ genevaglenbarn. Our gratitude goes to Barb TenBrook and Dan Warner for helping to make this dream become a reality!
For decades we have struggled with the drainage going down the meadow and into the barn. As we tear down the old barn, and build a new one, we must also deal with the drainage from the meadow. We are taking advantage of the fact that we will have big graders on site to move dirt around the barn area, and will have them re-grade the meadow as well. So get ready for a whole new (smoother) meadow along with a full court basketball court. Don’t worry Jr’s and Middler’s, the dodgeball will remain, it will just move a little. We are also moving the volleyball court down to attach it to the pool. The picture below is not the final design, but you get the idea!
We are so grateful for the generous contributions of time, talent and treasure from our Camp Family! Ken and Nancy, campership recipients themselves, worked tirelessly to ensure that camp was accessible to all children through financial support generously donated by our camp family each year. In honor of Ken and Nancy’s 36 years of devoted and steadfast leadership of the Glen, the Board of Directors have created the Ken and Nancy Atkinson Campership Fund to support the 2019 Campership Program and to grow funds for future camperships. Letter of Gratitude from Ken and Nancy to the Board of Directors: Dear Bill, Steve, Owen, Shara, Kristin, Rick, Jeanne, Stephanie, and Dan, The shared announcement of a campership fund in our honor generated that emotional tightening of the throat. We felt that overwhelming, speechless desire which often accompanies deep feelings one may not quite be ready to accept with poise! Foremost, we are grateful! We both received camperships and to be the instrument which allows all of this to come to fruition is truly an exceptional and joyful honor. The next reaction was about the extraordinary possibilities which this fund could provide. So many kids need the GOOD Geneva Glen offers! Of course, we fervently believe in the mission of Geneva Glen, and the more children who may be offered the opportunity to realize their potential is a blessing for the world! So, thank you to the Board for creating this fund. We send expectant gratitude to all of you who may respond with a gift of thanks yourselves for any GOOD you gleaned at the Glen. With gratitude, Ken and Nancy
• Online: www.coloradogives.org/kenandnancycampershipfund • By mail: PO Box 248 Indian Hills, CO 80454 or utilize the enclosed envelope
Contributions received above our 2019 Campership Program goal will be directed to future camperships.
Welcome to Amy Livingston, GG alum and current camper parent, as our Director of Philanthropy. She brings 10 years of GG camp experience and 25+ years of non-profit fundraising experience to lead our philanthropy program. Amy is excited to work with all of our generous current and future stewards of the Glen! Contact: 303.697.4621 ext. 23 or email@example.com.
CO Gives Day Goal! Ken and Nancy Atkinson Campership Fund: $320,000 www.coloradogives.org/kenandnancycampershipfund Important Date and Information •
Don’t wait – you can pre-schedule your donation beginning November 1!
Doesn’t matter where you live - anyone can donate!
If you are looking for a new home for the following gently used items, please consider donating them to camp: ping-pong table, foosball table and pool table (all for Marathon) and silverware (we have no idea where it disappears to during summer!). Please contact Amy: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Want to put some volunteer sweat equity into camp, reconnect with old friends and make new ones? We are a group of men and women that dedicate volunteer service to steward the camp property through construction and maintenance projects (i.e. painting, treecutting, cabin/dorm improvements...etc.). All are welcome and projects are designed for all skill levels (volunteers under 16 must have a parent present). Pendragons make a significant contribution in cost savings to camp by providing labor which would otherwise need to be hired. Join as a member & RSVP for work days: www.genevaglen.org/pendragons Questions? Contact Pete: email@example.com
Saturday, October 6 - Forestry Work— Clearing small overgrown trees from girls hill. Saturday, November 3 - Replacing cedar fencing Saturday, December 15—Winter Workshop Decorating Day
The Geneva Glen Breeze Newsletter Fall 2018 PO Box 248 Indian Hills, CO 80454 www.genevaglen.org