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February/March Newsletter (Alumni Special Edition)

posted Mar 7, 2018, 3:14 PM by Rob Dailey

Calling all Alumni!

Here's the idea you've been waiting for...
Miss Gales Creek Camp? Well you don't have to any longer.

Announcing the first everALUMNI CAMP for adults!

That's right, get ready to re-live the glory days of summer camp. This 21+ camp will have you acting like your old self, complete with campfire skits, field games, and GCC's beloved swimming pool.

Reconnect with old friends or make some new ones as you pick out your bunk, meet up on the log, or go though the dining hall line.

But this is an ADULT camp after all. In addition to all the campy things you remember, we'll have a few new programs and surprises. When was the last time you got an update on the research being done on type 1? How about the new technology? And who likes wine? ;-)

Best of all, you'll actually be giving back to the camp that changed your life because this is a fundraiser! This is your chance to pay it forward and ensure the kids who are growing up with type 1 today will also have a camp to call home.

We'll have freebies and grown-up raffles and prizes, too, and we're not just talking about camp store merch.

The cost of this fantastic all-inclusive weekend is $500 per person. But don't let that scare you. If you can't write that kind of check, we can help. We'll give you the tools to fundraise your camp fee!

So if you went to camp, worked at camp, or have some other meaningful connection to camp, save the dates: August 25-26, 2018.

This is a multi-generational event. All you need is a love for Gales Creek Camp.
Interested in helping to plan this epic weekend? Join our committee! The more ideas, generations, and points of view the better. Contact us to learn more.
Alumni, we need your pictures and artifacts from camp!

If you went to Gales Creek Camp, you probably have some kind of memento, right? Maybe you had a disposable camera that yielded a stack of glossy pictures. Perhaps you have a threadbare old T-shirt from 1985. You may even have some antique diabetes supplies from back then. We'd love to see them.

As part of our effort to document and celebrate the history of Gales Creek Camp, we're planning a series of permanent displays at camp that reflect on the many years and many campers who came before.

We want to use your pictures (you can scan them or we can) and/or your artifacts (we might not be able to return those, but they would become part of camp!).

If you're interested in sharing your personal history with today's campers and the campers of the future, contact us.

Big thanks to Aaron Hoard for sharing his pictures from 1979!
Know any alumni who may have lost touch with Gales Creek Camp?

Send them this email and help them reconnect.



Summer camp registration is OPEN

Sessions are filling up, so get your reservation in today.

Gales Creek Camp is hiring!

We're looking for camp counselors, counselors-in-training, medical staff, and nutrition staff.

If you know someone who is reliable, responsible, passionate, and loads of fun, forward this email to them or send them our way.
June 2, 2018 is Camp Cleanup + Open House Day

Join us for all or part of it.

Cleanup Day helps us get the first layer of winter grime off of camp. Everyone signs up for a specific job that suits their personality ;-)

Camp Open House is a great way for new families to come see camp. New families, veteran families, and all supporters are welcome! We'll be serving food, doing tours, playing games, and raffling prizes!

Lunch is provided for everyone.

We're putting together the job list now, so watch for the sign up sheet in the upcoming newsletters.
In case you haven't heard, the foundation office has moved:
Gales Creek Camp Foundation
6950 SW Hampton St. Suite 242
Tigard, OR 97223
If campfire is your favorite part of camp, here's a treat for you.

Newsletter January 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:54 PM by Rob Dailey


Summer Camp Registration is OPEN

Sessions are filling up, so get your reservation in today!


High School
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Week 1: June 24 - 29
Week 2: July 1 - 6


7th and 8th Grade
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Week 1: July 8 - 13
Week 2: July 15 - 20

5th and 6th Grade
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Week 1: July 22 - July 27
Week 2: July 29 - Aug. 3

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade
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Week 1: August 5 - August 9 (4-night camp)
Week 2: August 12 - August 17

Family Camps (K-1st)
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Day Camp (K): August 11
Overnight Camp (1st): September 8 - 9


Gales Creek Camp is hiring!

We're looking for camp counselors, counselors-in-training, medical staff, and nutrition staff!

Working at camp can be a rewarding, character-building way to spend a summer, get experience, and pad your resume. Plus, when you work here, for these kids and families, you really can make a difference.

If you know someone who is reliable, responsible, passionate, and loads of fun, forward this email to them or send them our way!

This is an elite team of merry-makers, and recruiting has started!
Save the date! June 2, 2018 is Camp Cleanup + Open House Day!

Join us for all or part of it

Cleanup Day helps us get the first layer of winter grime off of camp. Everyone signs up for a specific job that suits their personality ;-)

Camp Open House is a great way for new families to come see camp. New families, veteran families, and all supporters are welcome! We'll be serving food, doing tours, playing games, and raffling prizes!

Lunch is provided for everyone! Watch for the sign up sheet in the upcoming newsletters!
Looking for a clever way to get someone else to donate to camp for you?

Go to Smile.Amazon.com and set your account to automatically kick back a portion of Amazon's profit to Gales Creek Camp! It doesn't cost you a thing! You'll find the sign up just under the long white search field. Shop on!
FYI: the Foundation office is moving (Yes, again)

The new address is

Gales Creek Camp Foundation
6950 SW Hampton St. Suite 242
Tigard, OR 97223

Dance Party 2017. Groovy.

Summer camp registration opens January 9 at 9am!

posted Jan 5, 2018, 2:13 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 5:23 PM ]

Here's everything you need to know to be a registration champ.

Where to Register

To register online, click here. You may have to create an account if you haven't done so already.

To register by mail, click here to download the forms. Call our office at (503) 968-2267 or email us at registration@galescreekcamp.org to have them mailed to you.
2018 Summer Schedule

High School
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Week 1: June 24 - 29
Week 2: July 1 - 6

7th and 8th Grade
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Week 1: July 8 - 13
Week 2: July 15 - 20

5th and 6th Grade
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Week 1: July 22 - July 27
Week 2: July 29 - Aug. 3

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade
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Week 1: August 5 - August 9 (4-night camp)
Week 2: August 12 - August 17

Family Camps (K-1st)
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Day Camp (K): August 11
Overnight Camp (1st): September 8 - 9

Camper Fees

Full week of camp (5 nights): $470

Shortened week2,3,4 only (4 nights): $375

Day Family Camp:
Family of 2: $50
Family of 3: $75
Family of 4: $100

Overnight Family Camp (1 night):
Family of 2: $100
Family of 3: $200
Family of 4: $300

Veteran GCC families may notice an increase in the regular camp fee this year. This is the first fee increase in almost a decade and simply reflects the increased costs of everything from food and program supplies to liability insurance and garbage removal. Even with this increase, Gales Creek Camp is proud to remain one of the lowest-priced camps in the United States, even among non-medical camps. If you'd like to know how we arrived at this increase, please click here.

Ensuring camp fees do not prohibit any child with type 1 diabetes from attending camp is a top priority of Gales Creek Camp Foundation. See below for the financial aid that makes this possible.
Financial Aid

Gales Creek Camp is committed to erasing financial barriers to camp. We believe that no child should ever be denied admission to camp based on an inability to pay all or part of the fees.

If you are concerned about the financial part of sending your child to camp, please consider the options below. Call or email our office at any time if you need assistance.

  • Installment payments: You can pay your camper's fee in installments—weekly, monthly, or in as many installments as you need. You can even set them up to recur automatically on dates you choose. This option appears at the checkout stage of your registration.

  • Camperships (scholarships): Gales Creek Camp Foundation makes 'Camperships' available for those who need financial assistance. Camperships are "pay-what-you-can" and are awarded on a sliding scale up to 90% of the total camp fees. To learn more or apply, click here.

  • Sponsorships: Many community organizations are very supportive of Gales Creek Camp. The Lions Clubs in particular are great partners and "sponsor" (pay the fee for) many of our campers. Consider approaching your local Lions Club or other civic club to see if they can help. We are happy to work with them. If you don't know where to start, let us know and we can connect you with your local Lions Club. Please call or email our office!
Things to note

  • We've returned to the usual order of age groupsstarting with high school and ending with grades 2, 3, and 4.
  • Grades 2,3, and 4 now have a 4-night option AND a 5-night option!
  • Notice the price increase and want to know why? Click here.
Hey, parents: improvements in the Health House line are in store for you ;-)

December 2017 Newsletter

posted Jan 2, 2018, 10:17 AM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 10:51 AM ]


Gales Creek Camp is made possible by you.

To everyone who participates all year long, or for just an hour a year, thank you. Thank you to our...

Campers, who share their lives with us;
Parents and caregivers, who share their children with us;
Donors, who share their resources with us;
Board of Directors and committee members, who share their time and wisdom with us year around;
Medical team volunteers, who share their experience and care with us;
Arts and programming volunteers, who share their talents and passion with us;
Camp cleanup volunteers, who share their hard work and strong stomachs with us;
Caretakers, who share their fix-it skills and watch over our camp for us;
Counselors, who share their humor and strength with us;
Nursing staff, who share their compassion and knowledge with us;
Nutrition staff, who share their love and labor with us;
And to our Alumni, who once played or worked with us but who now serve as our greatest ambassadors.

None of it is possible without you.
It's not too late to make a donation to Gales CreekCamp Foundation in 2017! It's tax-deductible!

Camp fees alone don't even come close to covering the costs ofcamp. You can close the gap for our kiddos!


Or mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Gales Creek Camp Foundation
1100 NE 28th Ave. Suite 106
Portland, OR 97232
Looking for a different way to invest in camp?


We need everything from art supplies to wheelbarrows! We have anAmazon Wishlist and you can have it sent directly to us!
Registration opens January 9th!

Kiddo got the winter blues? Register them for camp and give them something to look forward to!

High School
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Week 1 - June 24 - 29
Week 2 - July 1 - 6

7th and 8th Grade
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Week 1 - July 8 - 13
Week 2 - July 15 - 20

5th and 6th Grade
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Week 1 - July 22 - July 27
Week 2 - July 29 - August 3

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade
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Week 1 - August 5 - August 9*
Week 2 - August 12 - August 17

Family Camps (K-1st)
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Day Camp (K) - August 11
Overnight Camp (1st) - September 8 - 9


Things to note:
  • We've returned to the usual order of age groups--starting with high school and ending with grades 2, 3, and 4.
  • Grades 2,3, and 4 now have a 4-night option (*above) AND a 5-night option!
  • Overnight Family Camp is in September again in 2018.

Camp is hiring!

We're looking for camp counselors and CITs, medical staff, and nutrition staff!

If you know anyone who is reliable, responsible, passionate, and loads of fun, send them our way! Recruiting and hiring begins in January!
Thanks to those who have already participated in our 2017 year-end campaign!

Amy and Sean
Beavercreek Lions
Ben
Bob
Brian
Carla and Greg
Catherine
David
Devon
Elinor
Eloise
G. Scott
Gary
George
Gordon
James
Janet
Jerry
Jim
John
Joseph
Judith and Mary
Kelley
Lee Ann and Robert
Marcia
Margaret
Marion and Bob
Philip
Richard
Scott
Stephanie
Susan

It's that time of year! Please support YOUR camp! #GivingTuesday

posted Nov 27, 2017, 12:29 PM by Rob Dailey

Dear Gales Creek Camp Family Member,
I am writing from camp to tell you what a wonderful summer we had! Another year with more than 500 campers!

At GCC the formula is simple: campers learn from being around each other—about being themselves, about taking care of their health, and about their unbelievable potential. We love watching them make lifelong friends. Our camp staff and volunteers care deeply for these campers! We know you do, too.

It's because of supporters like you that Gales Creek Camp is affordable to all families—and we never turn anyone away because of their financial situation. In 2017 camperships totaled more than $40,000.
 
If you're planning to donate to a charity this year, why not keep it in the (GCC) family? Gales Creek Camp is a nonprofit that relies on donations every year. Your gift will pay it forward and help ensure camp continues to shape the way kids think about their type 1.



Or mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Gales Creek Camp Foundation
1100 NE 28th Ave. Suite 106
Portland, OR 97232

October 2017 Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:52 AM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 11:53 AM ]


Camp Dates for 2018 are Here!
High School
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Week 1 - June 24 - 29
Week 2 - July 1 - 6


7th and 8th Grade
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Week 1 - July 8 - 13
Week 2 - July 15 - 20


5th and 6th Grade
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Week 1 - July 22 - July 27
Week 2 - July 29 - Aug. 3


2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade
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Week 1 - Aug. 5 - Aug. 9*
Week 2 - Aug. 12 - Aug. 17


Family Camps (K-1st)
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Day Camp (K) - August 11
Overnight Camp (1st) - September 8 - 9


Registration opens January 9, 2018!

Things to note:
  • We've returned to the usual order of age groups--starting with high school and ending with grades 2, 3, and 4.
  • Grades 2,3, and 4 now have a 4-night option (*above) AND a 5-night option!
  • Overnight Family Camp is in September again next year.


Rarely seen beauty of your camp in the fall.
There's a Brainstorm Brewing...
Do you love Gales Creek Camp? Want to channel that passion? Gales Creek Camp is renewing and updating its fundraising strategy as part of the overall 5-Year Strategic Plan. We're holding a brainstorming session November 15.

If you have ideas or experience in fundraising, we'd love to have you there! The goal is to modernize our approach and make supporting Gales Creek Camp rewarding and fun for our donors. No idea is off the table!

There is no commitment other than this meeting (...yet ;-). Those who are interested in a deeper commitment will learn about joining the Fundraising Committee at this session, too!

If you'd like to participate, contact us here!
Spotlight: Alumni
Gales Creek Camp is fortunate to have more than 60 years of alumni. Over that long of a period, many thousands of people have been touched by this camp. Former campers and staff have gone on to do amazing and wonderful things. From time to time, we'll shine a spotlight on a few of them who are still involved.

Below is the story of Stu and Sharon, who met at camp almost 40 years ago!
Stu Stephen was born and raised in the very small town of Nyssa, Oregon. In October of 1971 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Many miles from an endocrinologist, Stu was referred to (GCC founder) Dr. Stephens in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Stephens was sure that Stu would benefit from being around others with diabetes and recommended that he attend GCC. The summer of 1972 would be his very first camp experience at Gales Creek Camp. At that time, campers had the option of staying for two weeks! Three years later, he was asked to return as a staff member. Stu spent six additional summers at camp as a staff member. His camp name, "Sturat," came from the camp roster that had his name (Stuart) misspelled.

Sharon "OJ" traveled from Nebraska to work as a Camp Nurse the summer of 1980. She was the only RN that summer, with one student nurse and a medical technician making up the medical staff along with the camp physician.

The year 1980 was a memorable one at camp. Mt St Helens had erupted in the spring and camp was covered in ash. Medically, camp was in the process of transitioning from urine to blood testing. By the summer of 1981, GCC was using blood only for glucose monitoring. 1980 was also the first year that we offered a session for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade campers. Camp became a nine-week commitment for staff. Also in 1980, the "Infirmary" as it had been previously known became "The Health House."

During this wild year at camp, Stu and Sharon met and have been inseparable ever since. After camp in 1981, Stu and Sharon were married. (One of many camp staff marriages over the years!)

Stu and Sharon are both currently taking advantage of retirement. Stu retired from respiratory therapy. While living in Boise, Idaho, Stu was involved with Ski patrol for many years and continues to serve on the staff of a Snow Camp for kids with Diabetes. Sharon retired from her nursing career specializing in palliative care.
In their retirement, they have committed to the success of the camp garden! Stu and Sharon made many overnight trips to GCC throughout the fall and spring this year to prepare the soil and clean out the beds, also removing the original wooden raised beds as they were decomposing. They also headed up and organized our "Garden Party" this year. They both have great ideas for the garden this summer and encourage families to be involved again with the planting. Campers in many sessions enjoyed collecting vegetables and herbs this summer with the kitchen staff! We look forward to another awesome year with the camp garden.

GCC's camp garden was originally installed under the direction of our camp dietitian "Rhubarb" as a living memorial to the son of a former camp director, Barbara Edwards*. Danny Edwards spent most of his early years at camp.

*Thanks to Barbara "Bubbah" Edwards for her work on this article! 

Eugene Downtown Lion's Club event is a "Win/Win(e)" for GCC!

posted Sep 25, 2017, 11:14 AM by Rob Dailey


August 2017 Newsletter (Parent)

posted Sep 25, 2017, 11:03 AM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

A stellar camp season, by the numbers
Parents, Caregivers, and Campers! Thank you for an awesome camp season! Here's a breakdown of this summer's numbers:

  • 8 week-long camps
  • 2 family camps
  • 506 campers
  • 14 camp counselors
  • 8 nursing staff
  • 6 nutrition staff
  • 16 camp docs/medical pros
  • 3 camp directors
  • 1 caretaking family
  • 5 art volunteers
  • and countless other volunteers, helpers, haulers, rakers, gardeners, cleaners, makers, schmoozers, donors, and camp lovers!

That's a great community of people all touched by type 1 diabetes! We're so glad you played a role at Gales Creek Camp this year!
We NEED your input!
We have created the quickest, simplest survey ever. Only 10 questions and 2-3 minutes of your time! By taking it you will help us make camp even better next year!

Complete a survey for a chance to win a Gales Creek Camp swag box! Drawing September 13, 2017. That's only a week and a half away so you might as well just do it now!

All videos are up now!
In case you missed it, Gales Creek Camp makes a video collage of every week of camp. We show these to campers on their last day of camp as a way of cementing the memories, but we also know parents and caregivers love seeing what their camper's week was like. So all the videos are posted online here .

Enjoy the memories until we can make more next year!

Grades 2,3,4 Week 2 (7/30-8/3, 2017)
Grades 2,3,4 Week 1 (7/23-7/27, 2017)
Looking for campers to share their experience
Gales Creek Camp has many amazing supporters, and one of our biggest champions is the Lions Club--or we should say the many, many small clubs that make up the Lions Clubs International . We receive support from clubs across the Northwest in the form of camperships, general funding, ride-sharing, camp cleanup, and so much more.

Now we have a chance to share the impact of diabetes camping with Lions from across the continent at the Lions International USA/Canada Forum being held in Portland this September.

They've invited GCC to participate in a forum on diabetes camping. Specifically, they are looking for a camper (or two) who might be able to talk to Lions members about what camp means to someone growing up with the challenge of type 1.

The forum will be held on September 21 at 3:30 in downtown Portland . Please let us know if your camper would like to share his or her story!
Did you lose something?
There's no doubt camp is an exhilarating time for everyone. In fact, it's so intense people sometimes forget themselves--and their stuff. Did your camper lose something this summer? If so, check out the pictures below and see if you can find it. If you spot something that's yours, let us know and we can mail it to you in a flat rate box (sorry you pay shipping) or you can stop by the office and pick it up (for free!).
High School Week 1
High School Week 3
All other sessions
More bonus pics for those who made it to the end!

July 2017 Newsletter

posted Jul 27, 2017, 12:29 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

Camp videos are here!

It's already been a fabulous summer out at Gales Creek Camp!


Thanks to all the families who have visited already! For those families who are awaiting their turn, we are excited to let you know that this year's camps are AMAZING! We have an incredible staff of counselors, medical pros, and nutrition gurus out at camp this year, and the word of the summer is FUN!


Every summer we document each week of camp in pictures. Then we turn those pictures into a streaming montage of memories! This year, our super-savvy and talented Camp Director, Boo!, acted as filmmaker--and the result is just like being there!


Check out our YouTube page and find your week of camp! We'll keep posting them as they come in!


High School Week 1 (2017)
High School Week 2 (2017)
Art comes to Gales Creek Camp

This year, we are honored to have an incredible group of volunteer artists, led by the fabulous Marion "Spot" McMuldren! These artists have brought art at Gales Creek Camp to a new level. For the high school and middle school ages, Spot and her team shared their materials-rich, top-secret techniques with the campers, and the result was nothing less that stunning.


High school and middle school campers have taken home almost 150 matted pieces of artwork--and countless other canvases went home with campers, too!


For the younger ages, Spot has brought some playful ideas to camp. We can't wait for you to see what your camper can create!


See our Facebook page for more galleries!


Did you already attend camp? Please help...
Help us make camp better by completing this short, 10-question survey!

Your answers will be used to improve everything from the registration process to the programs. Be sure to pick the session your camper attended! Thank you for being a part of Gales Creek Camp!


American Camp Association checks out GCC

Gales Creek Camp is accredited by the America Camp Association (ACA). This means we meet national standards in programming, safety, facilities, and operations.


Accreditation requires on-site visits from ACA's team of camp professionals, and this year we got a visit from two wonderful camp gurus. They inspected our hiring and training processes, our kitchen facilities, our cabins, our medical facilities, our pool, our archery facilities, and just about every nook and cranny at Gales Creek Camp!


We were pleased to host them!


Oh, and we got an A+ ! Of course we did!


Bonus pictures from camp
(for those who scrolled all the way down!)

June 2017 Newsletter

posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:03 PM by Rob Dailey

Camp starts...NOW

The first week off camp kicks of June 25. Most camps are getting full, so if you haven’t signed up yet, we recommend taking action! We don’t want anyone to miss out on an awesome year of camp. If you have signed up, look for your Pre-Arrival Packet in the mail (and email) a week or two before your camp starts. It will have everything you need to know for a smooth summer camp experience. For now, you can check to be sure all your registration tasks are completed early by logging into your account here.

B.U.L.L. Session is there for us. Can you help?

Gales Creek Camp is very fortunate to be one of six amazing charities supported by the annual Business, Union, and Labor Leaders fundraising events. Because ALL our campers are subsidized, the funds raised and shared at the BULL Session are critical to making Gales Creek Camp possible.


Held September 11th and 12th this year, the BULL Session includes an elegant dinner and auction at the Oregon Convention Center, followed the next day by a spectacular golf tournament at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.


At Gales Creek Camp, we can help in several ways. First, we need great items for the auction. We’re looking for fun items and experiences you can’t just go out and easily purchase. Trips, stays, sporting event tickets, insider tours or tastings, and special experiences are big sellers at the auction. We’re also looking for great items valued at $300 or more to make the bidding electric.


If you have a connection into anything that might be appealing to bidders who want to support Gales Creek Camp and other children’s charities, please let us know!

Second, if you’re interested in bidding yourself, or your company wants to be a part of a powerful charity event, check out the tickets and sponsorship opportunities.


Looking for Parent Panelists

We’re looking for alumni parents to participate in a panel on Friday, June 23, as part of our current camp staff training week. The panel is designed to give our staff a sharper understanding of the power of camp to change kids and improve family health. If you have a point of view to share that will help inspire our camp counselors, nurses, and nutrition staff, please let us know. The panel will be held AT CAMP Friday morning and will be no longer than one hour. The panel is limited in size, so please contact Rob Dailey if you’d like to be a part of it.

Meet Our New Operations Manager

There is a new face at the Gales Creek Camp administration office. Our new Operations Manager is Ashley McAllister.


Ashley is excited to be at Gales Creek Camp. She is a type 1 diabetic with a background in nonprofit program administration and education. Ashley didn't know any other type 1 kids growing up, so she's especially passionate about helping to give type 1 kids an opportunity to just be kids together at Gales Creek Camp every summer. When she's not working in the Gales Creek Camp office, you can find Ashley on walks with her dog, hiking in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, or growing roses in her garden.

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