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Camp Jewell YMCA changes lives in so many profound ways. There are no better examples of this than the experiences we provide our youth at summer camp. The camp community provides a safe place to learn and practice new skills like how to make a pot out of clay, how to build a fire when you havenít any matches, or how to make a good first impression. The positive environment helps kids to learn through trial and error. We celebrate the successes and failures building upon the core-coping skills of how to deal with adversity. Self-esteem is built each day as kids are challenged to try new things, depend on folks outside their family for support, and help others in the process. Each camper goes to bed feeling as though they have accomplished something important.

Every child should have access to these kinds of life lessons and core-growing experiences. Unfortunately, many families in our community are not afforded the resources to be able to pay for this kind of opportunity for their children. Many of our families that send their children on financial assistance are folks living below the poverty line. Sometimes it is a significant illness that robs a family of their finances, or a passing of a parent that cuts deep into the family income. Whatever the reason, it is because of the generosity of people like yourself that we will provide 350 youth the gift of camp in 2015.

The Annual Campaign provides the foundation on which Camp Jewell YMCA accomplishes its mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Through your generosity, every dollar raised goes directly to support a youth to attend camp in the summer of 2015. You can make a difference in a young personís life by giving the gift of camp today!

On behalf of all of us here at Camp Jewell YMCA, thank you for your consideration.