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

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

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

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

Family Camps (K-1st)
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.

Now in the Portland Metro: Eat Out and Support GCC!

posted May 25, 2017, 5:19 PM by Rob Dailey

Who's still hungry? Here's another opportunity to have a nice night out AND help GCC at the same time! The Old Spaghetti Factory in Sherwood reached out to us because someone who works with them has a kiddo in camp! Best connection ever!

So set your pumps for pasta and drop into the Old Spaghetti Factory in Sherwood June 5, 2017, anytime between 4 and 9pm.

Be sure to bring this flyer to have your total included in the donation! Click on the link below the jpg version to get to a pdf version of it, too!

Eat Out for Gales Creek Camp in Eugene! Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

posted May 16, 2017, 1:06 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated May 16, 2017, 1:12 PM ]

If you're in the Eugene area, you can support Gales Creek Camp by eating dinner out at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse (1080 Valley River Way) next Wednesday, May 24, ALL DAY! They will donate 20% of proceeds to GCC. Thank you Eugene Downtown Lions Lions Clubs International! Make sure to print the flyer and give it to your server! Click the link to the pdf below for a higher resolution version of the flyer.

Camp Care and Cleanup Day SIGN UP!

posted Apr 11, 2017, 1:08 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 3:11 PM ]

On June 3, let’s wake camp up from a long, wet, cold winter.

We've put together a list of jobs, and we will have the supplies ready.

Click here to sign up! You can pick the job fits your interest and skill set.

Make sure to wear your work clothes and bring your can-do attitude. We'll have water and snacks, too.

We'll start at 9am sharp and work until about noon.

Summer Kickoff Celebration BBQ

After the work is done, let's have a BBQ! We'll have burgers and hot dogs (including veggie and gluten-free options), chips, fruits, veggies, and low-carb beverages.

Everyone is welcome to come to the BBQ, even if you can't participate in the morning cleanup activities. Just make sure to sign up in the BBQ-only section so we know how much food to prepare.

We'll play some games and raffle some of our new Camp Store merchandise, too!

Families and younger ones are welcome to help with cleanup starting at 11am. "Jobs" for families are easier so they can “help” just before joining to the BBQ. Remember, you don’t actually have to help with cleanup day to come to the BBQ. It just feels better if you do!

Meet Your Camp Director(s)!

posted Apr 11, 2017, 1:05 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 1:53 PM ]

This year, we're fortunate to have TWO highly qualified educators filling the role of Camp Director.

Tim Fitzpatrick and David Yabu both have deep connections to Gales Creek Camp. Both have been GCC counselors, and both have gone on to become teachers. Each brings special skills and passions back to Gales Creek Camp, and we're excited about this summer.

Tim, whose camp name is Gopher, will begin the season as Camp Director and David, whose camp name is Boo, will start as Assistant Camp Director. In mid-July, Tim will return to California, and David will take over as Camp Director.

Having two highly qualified educators (who are also GCC veterans) work together this season is part of our long-term plan to ensure our camp is ready for the future. While acting as Assistant Camp Director, David will be able to document our camp training, processes, and traditions so we will be on excellent footing going into 2018. This, combined with the strategic planning the Board of Directors is undertaking right now, will be the foundation for Gales Creek Camp's next five years.

The bonus is, this year our campers will get the full benefit of TWO amazing directors!

Tim "Gopher" Fitzpatrick:

Greetings GCC family! I am so excited to return to camp this summer! As a child, I spent several summers at GCC while my dad, "Boss," was Camp Director. Later on, as a college student I returned for five summers as Camp Counselor, "Gopher." I look back and appreciate all that I learned in my summers spent at Gales Creek. I have been away from camp for several years now, but GCC is in my blood and keeps calling me back. This summer, I am thrilled to be Camp Director for the first half of the summer. Joining me will be my wife, Sarah, and our three children, Finley, Forrest, and Fallon. It makes me smile when I think of the summer they are about to have!
For the past 16 years I have been teaching in the Palm Springs area. I am currently a Physical Education teacher at an elementary school in Bermuda Dunes, CA. On the last day of school, we will be packing up the car for a good old fashioned road trip, destination...GCC!

David "Boo" Yabu:

Hello GCC! After a three year break I couldn't be happier to make my return to the happiest place on earth! What started as a summer job during college turned into a home away from home and of course gave me friends forever. I worked at GCC as counselor for 5 years and Assistant Camp Director for one year as Boo! Since leaving camp I have been teaching middle school in Hillsboro, Oregon. I can't wait to get back to campfires, night swims, and of course the camp dances! Let's get ready for the BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE!!!


Tim and David are working with our past Camp Director Megan "Lobos" Wolfe-McCormick and our Camp Committee to ensure continuity—and to make sure the programs and activities that make Gales Creek Camp unique are present and strong!

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 3, 2017. It's Camp Care and Cleanup Day!

posted Mar 22, 2017, 4:13 PM by Rob Dailey

Let’s wake camp up from a long, wet, cold winter. We'll dust off and spruce up the place in preparation for another superfun year of CAMP! Then we’ll have a BBQ. Hello, summer!

We will get the jobs and the supplies ready. You just wear your work clothes and bring your can-do attitude.

There will be jobs for most abilities: stuff like painting, raking, scraping, organizing, sweeping, mopping, wiping, assembling, shoveling, hauling, washing, etc. You know, the typical take-care-of-your-camp stuff.

Then we’ll have a BBQ! The “jobs” for the younger ones and families will start last so they can “help” just before joining to the BBQ. You don’t actually have to help with cleanup day to come to the BBQ. It just feels better if you do!

Stay tuned for the schedule and signup link for jobs. We’re going to get a lot done and have a great time, too!

If you can't make it out to participate, consider pitching in for supplies by making a donation here!


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