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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!