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Summer 2018 Wrap Newsletter

posted Aug 30, 2018, 3:37 PM by Rob Dailey

It was a summer to remember!
From the very first moment to the very last, the 2018 Gales Creek Camp season was inspiring.
With more than 500 campers over 10 sessions, Gales Creek Camp was a busy place this summer. Thanks to all the campers, parents and caregivers who make Gales Creek Camp a part of your lives.

And thanks to all the donors, volunteers and staff who make Gales Creek Camp possible.

It's not a community without each of you.
We want to hear from you!
If you went to camp or sent someone to camp, you can help us make camp even better by telling us about your experience.


We'll pick the winner at the end of October.
Lose something at camp? We may have it!
We have a whole pile of lost and found from the summer. If you lost something, give us a call and describe it to us. We'll have Fox dig through the lost and found bags and see if he can locate your item. He loves digging through the bags of dirty lost and found clothes and shoes! (505) 968-2267. Be sure to ask for Fox ;-)
Looking for your camp's slideshow?
Grades 2, 3, 4 Week 1 2018 (8/5-8/9)
Check out our YouTube channel. Just about all the videos are posted now!
OHMYGOSH Adult and Alumni Camp was awesome!
The very first Gales Creek Camp Adult Camp was a huge success!

Not only did everyone have a blast, the event raised more than $10,000 for camp!

You can still bump that number up by donating to the event, too! You have until the end of August to help us reach our goal. Click here and support this new GCC fundraiser!

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, and helped out. Special thanks to Brick House VineyardsOut AZA Blue's chef Gabriel BarberMoonshrip Brewery, Dr. Leah Wilson, art gurus Spot and Snoop, and all our amazing supporters and staff!

Next year will be even bigger and better. Get ready for it.

Want to directly support the brave campers of Gales Creek Camp? You can be their hero.
Make a donation today. Donations support everything from camperships and camp upkeep to ukuleles and pizza bagels!
Bonus pics for those who scrolled all the way down

Adult and Alumni Camp 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 11:34 AM by Rob Dailey

The world has changed a lot since Gales Creek Camp started 65 years ago...
But camp is still pretty much the same.
Now's your chance to help keep the tradition alive  and maybe get back into the action.
Support Camp at Adult and Alumni Camp August 25-26, 2018

Gales Creek Camp exists because of people like you  people who understand how tough it can be to grow up with the everyday challenges and uncertainties of type 1 diabetes. Maybe you were one of those kids once, too.

If you went to camp  or even if you never made it to camp  you are welcome. This is a "camp" for adults who are touched by type 1 diabetes, and it's a way to give kids the gift of their own summer camp.

  • Raise the minimum and you've helped keep camp affordable to all families.
  • Raise $470 and you've sent a kid to camp.
  • Raise more than that and you're ensuring camp will be around until type 1 diabetes is no longer a threat to children.

This 21+ event is packed with a camp activity schedule, including plenty of pool time . It's also got camp celebrities, giveaways, beer with s'mores, type 1 talks, and exclusive free GCC swag that's not available any other way.

If you went to Gales Creek Camp, this can also be your chance to show family, friends, or your partner just what camp is about. Sign them up, too. If you're not alumni, you're guaranteed to meet new people (and after this camp you officially will be).

If you've ever fundraised to participate in a run or walk, it's like that create a fundraising page and share it. People can donate to your page but then you don't have to run or walk. Just join your friends by the pool!

For this fantastic all-inclusive weekend, the minimum donation is $150 per person, with an ultimate goal of $500 per person. That sends a kid to camp, and that's a big impact.

Even if you can't actually make it to Adult and Alumni camp, you can still support Gales Creek Camp through this event by clicking below.

Thank you for being a part of it!


July Newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2018, 9:20 AM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 9:22 AM ]

The earth has finally traveled all the way around the sun again, and it's SUMMER!
Gales Creek Camp's raison d'être is back! The personal growth, independence, and outright life-altering FUN known as SUMMER CAMP has started!
Among other things, Gales Creek Camp gives kids with type 1 diabetes the opportunity to:

  • Meet peers with something very special in common. We call this making BFFs. GCC is like a BFF factory.
  • Gain perspective on their situation. Or: "Lots of cool people have diabetes like me."
  • Practice being whoever they want to be. "Maybe I am outgoing? Maybe I'm funny? Maybe I'm an athlete or an artist? Maybe I'm interested in becoming a pediatric endocrinologist?"
  • Connect with the outdoors. Hike, swim in the creek, play with bugs, name their favorite tree.
  • Learn some new songs, games, and make some art.
  • Plus like a million more awesome things.
Adult and Alumni Camp is August 25-26

Miss camp? Never made it to camp? All are welcome!

We're doing CAMP for adults. This 21+ camp is complete with campfire, field games, hikes and GCC's beloved creek and swimming pool.

But for adults, it's also got camp celebrities, giveaways, beer with s'mores, a sesh about research, hands-on T1 tech, and more.

No spoilers but...
  • Dinner will be catered by Out AZA Blue's chef Gabriel Barber. He's doing a gourmet take on some camp classics.
  • Wine will be provided by the unparalleled Brick House Wines, whose list of awards and accolades, from the New York Times to theSan Francisco Chronicle, is too long to list. Fun fact: there's a type 1 in the House!
  • Beer will be provided by Moonshrip Brewery, thanks to alumni camper and former staffer, brewer Dan "Tarzan" McIntosh-Tolle. All gluten-free all the time.

All these folks love and support camp, and they're all kicking in for this one-of-a-kind fundraising event. You won't want to miss it!

If you've ever fundraised to participate in a run or walk, it's like that--only you don't have to run or walk. Just join your friends by the pool!

The cost of this fantastic all-inclusive weekend is a minimum donation of $150 per person with an ultimate goal of $500 per person. That's a big impact on camp, and we give you the tools to fundraise your fee.

Want to help Gales Creek Camp create permanent memories? Here are a couple of ways.
You can make a direct donation our campers here. Donations support everything from camperships to camp upkeep.
We still need all kinds of equipment and supplies. Check out the wishlist to see if there's something you'd like to provide for our campers.
Or get involved in Adult Camp above!
The Legend of Cuda The Cat and the Mysterious Post Cards

One day at Gales Creek Camp (circa 2017) some strange yet beautiful post cards began showing up in the camp mailbox. But these weren’t ordinary postcards, they were handmade and stitched together in vibrant colors. But there was no return address, only a name…Cuda and a paw print. But no one had ever heard of Cuda or knew where she came from, only that she went to GCC many years ago with fond memories.

Cuda loved camp and she loved people. She was also pretty handy with creating and making things from scraps. One day she decided she wanted to put her tough paws to work. So she rolled up her fur and started creating postcards for the good of others! Since she loved camp so much and loved sewing and composing letters, she decided to write to the kids at camp. Her encouragement for others was written on the post cards to each and every camper individually.
Cuda liked to be creative. And she also cared about kids, especially kids with diabetes since she had diabetes herself from a young age. She knew what it felt like to be high and low, eat a special diet of low calorie cat food and exercise on an hourly basis between cat naps. Cuda knew the drill all too well. But now that she’s old and retired at the age 15 (that’s 75 in cat years), she’s ready for a new adventure.

Surprises are one of Cuda’s specialties, and I don’t mean surprising the chipmunks behind the tree. Some uplifting words to brighten someone’s day may be a weekly occurrence while at GCC. So expect to hear from Cuda every year with inspiring messages for girls and boys that could use a reminder that someone is thinking about them at camp… and it’s Cuda the Cat!

Be sure to get your camper registered
Bonus pics for those who scrolled all the way down

May Newsletter

posted Jun 14, 2018, 11:43 AM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 11:45 AM ]



Guess who's back!
We are proud to announce that Gopher and Boo are back to share the role of Camp Director again this year!
Tim "Gopher" Fitzpatrick practically grew up at Gales Creek Camp in the 1980s when his dad was Camp Director (then on the Board of Directors). While in college, Tim worked as a counselor at GCC for five summers. Now he's a school teacher in California.


David "Boo!" Yabu was a GCC Camp Counselor then Assistant Camp Director for 6 years. Last year he became Camp Director for the first time and did an amazing job. During the rest of the year, Boo is a middle school teacher in Hillsboro.
Gales Creek Camp is fortunate to have these two talented fellows lead our camp again this summer!
Camp Director Martin Niemi on the old bridge with campers, 1966 (Courtesy Lee Ann Emanuel)
Alumni Camp is August 25-26

Miss camp? Well welcome back, camper!

We're doing ALUMNI CAMP for adults. This 21+ camp will have you acting like your old self, complete with campfire, field games, hikes and GCC's beloved creek and swimming pool.

But for adults, it's also camp celebrities, giveaways, beer with s'mores, a sesh about research, hands-on T1 tech, and much more.

This is an opportunity for you to 1) go back to camp and 2) support the place that changed your life because this is a fundraiser.

If you've ever fundraised to participate in a run or walk, it's like that--only you don't have to run or walk. Just join us by the pool!

The cost of this fantastic all-inclusive weekend is a minimum donation of $150 per person with an ultimate goal of $500 per person. That's a big impact on camp, and we give you the tools to fundraise your fee.


We have a few slots left to help us whip camp into shape for an awesome summer!

Start cleanup at 9am sharp and work until about noon. Lunch is provided.

At noon, we put away the tools and kickoff summer with an Open House. New families, veteran families, and all supporters are welcome. We'll lunch, play a few games and raffle some of our new Camp Store merchandise, too.


Be sure to get your camper registered

High School Sessions
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June 24 - 6

7th and 8th Grade Sessions
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July 8 - 20

5th and 6th Grade Sessions
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July 22 - August 3

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade Sessions
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August 5 -17

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

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March Newsletter

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:59 PM by Rob Dailey

Campers, have your registered?


High School Sessions
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June 24 - 6

7th and 8th Grade Sessions
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July 8 - 20

5th and 6th Grade Sessions
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July 22 - August 3

2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade Sessions
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August 5 -17

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

Volunteers, have you joined a team?

Gales Creek Camp is volunteer-driven. No matter what your skill set is, we probably need your help!


Help wake up camp from a long, wet winter.

We'll start cleanup at 9am sharp and work until about noon. Make sure to wear your work clothes and bring your can-do attitude. Lunch is provided!

At noon, we put away the tools and kickoff summer with an Open House. New families, veteran families, and all supporters are welcome. We'll lunch, play a few games and raffle some of our new Camp Store merchandise, too!"


Interested in being an arts and crafts volunteer?

Are you good with your hands and with kids? Are you a maker who wants to share your passion? We need you! No art talent or experience necessary. Our projects are designed for success, no matter what your art background (but you do have to pass a background check ;-).

Alumni, are you connected?

If you went to camp, worked at camp, or have some other meaningful connection to camp, we want you back! This camp was made by you, and we want you to stay connected.

If you've lost touch, or if you know someone who has, click here and let's catch up.

But here's the big thing. We're doing a first-ever ALUMNI CAMP for adults. That's right, get ready to re-live the good old 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 creek and swimming pool.

This is an opportunity for you to A) go back to camp and B) support the place that changed your life because it's a fundraiser!

Basically, you fundraise to go back to camp. Tell your story by creating your own webpage to share with family and friends. Let the world know how much camp meant to you and let them help you make it possible for the next generation of kids growing up with type 1 to go, too.

If you've ever fundraised to participate in a run or walk, it's like that--only you don't have to run or walk. Just join us by the pool!

Bonus pics for those who scrolled all the way down

February Newsletter (Alumni Special Edition)

posted Mar 7, 2018, 3:14 PM by Rob Dailey   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 1:00 PM ]

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

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