Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Week 2 of Camp: Success!

Week 2 of camp proved to be another successful one!  With a "space" theme and all of the traditions of Wisconsin Badger Camp it was a blast for staff and campers!

Badger Olympics were a great time; the rain held off, so the campers got to enjoy their cookout and outdoor olympics!  Badger Olympics were full of fun; there was an obstacle course, relays, and so much more!  Everyone was a winner up at camp!

The Badger Ball was also a huge success.  With Thursday full of prepping for the ball everyone was ready to put their dancing shoes on!

Click on the link below to check out a slideshow of Week 2:

Week 2 Slideshow

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Week One of Camp Coming to an End!

This week was our first week of camp for the summer. The campers and counselors alike all had a blast while participating in all the activities the week had to offer!

This week's theme was music, so they started their week off with some karaoke and continued to incorporate music into each of their activities. Like every week, the campers had Badger Olympics last night, Wednesday, it was a rainy night but we did not let that stop us. The campers competed in a couple of events like relays and a "record" toss! While each of our campers were winners they all got to enjoy some treats when the activities were completed.

This evening will be our first Badger Ball of the summer, so the campers are spending their day prepping and practicing some moves to break out at the dance!

Overall, it has been a successful first week and we continue to look forward to meeting our future campers and greet the returning ones!

Pictures from Week One

Friday, June 7, 2013

Community Gives Back to Badger Camp

Community Spotlight

            Local business owner Tim Koeller is more than just that, he is also someone who gives to Wisconsin Badger Camp frequently.  Tim owns Platteville Cleaners located at 250 W Main St.  He has participated in Cruising 4 Campers the last two years, as well as giving a donation of $250 both years.  He has also donated in the past for the telethon.  On top of his donations of money he also donates gift certificates to the business, and offers the camp free dry cleaning for many of Badger Camp’s linens.  Tim’s generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Food Donations from Wisconsin Business'

Wisconsin Badger Camp would like to thank a couple Business' for their generous food donations for camp to be used this summer!

Bakers Services Unlimited out of West Allis, Baker Cheese in St Cloud, Sargento in Plymouth, Johnsonville out of Sheboygan Falls, Hooks Cheese Company in Mineral Point, and Old Fashioned Foods out of Mayville, all generously donated to camp for the summer.

Without help from business' like these we would not be able to do what we do each summer and provide the best experience for our campers!

Camp will be starting in three days and we can't wait!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Job's Daughters and Grand Bethel HQ Kelly Engbring Support Wisconsin Badger Camp

Wisconsin Badger Camp would like to personally thank and recognize Kelly Engbring and Job’s Daughters for their commitment to our organization for the past year.  Kelly came to us last summer looking to tour our summer camp and wanting to help.  From that visit back in August until recently she and her friends have been collecting items for our campers!  From arts and crafts to swimming pool toys, Kelly was able to collect hundreds of items and also raising over $450 for our organization.  Through the organization, Jobs Daughters, Kelly worked hard to make a difference in the lives of our campers. Individuals with disabilities have always held a special place in Kelly’s heart and she and Job’s Daughters went above and beyond to help out Badger Camp.  It is truly wonderful to see a senior in high school have that much dedication and commitment to our organization.  Being in Jobs Daughters has influenced her in more ways than she can even express and Wisconsin Badger Camp is extremely grateful for everything she and the organization did. They will be making a difference in the lives of campers this summer and for many summers to come.  Thank you Kelly and Job's Daughters!!

Wisconsin Badger Camp is a residential summer camp that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities through outdoor recreation.  Campers, regardless of the severity of their disability or ability to pay the requested camp fee get the opportunity to experience hiking, fishing, swimming, camping and much much more at camp!  

Cruising 4 Campers a Success

Cruising 4 Campers

Saturday, June 1st, marked the 4th annual Cruising 4 Campers fundraiser that gives all proceeds to Wisconsin Badger Camp. Kevin Bailey has organized this event since its existence.  This year’s ride had around 50 drivers and riders, and raised $1,000! 
The Cruising 4 Campers route was 160 miles and started in Platteville at Red ‘n Debs.  The stops were: Avoca, Boaz, Rolling Ground, Wauzeka, Patch Grove, and ended at Yoders Bar in Rockville.  There were raffle drawings and each participant was given a playing card at each bar.  The participant who had the winning poker hand at the Yoders Bar stop won $75, but donated $20 back to Wisconsin Badger Camp!
“Thank you to all of the bars who participated in this event: Red ‘n Debs in Platteville,  Lynch’s Bar in Avoca, Lonesome Dove in Boaz, Murphy’s Rolling Ground Bar & Grill in Rolling Ground, Carol’s Bar & Grill in Wauzeka, LuLu’s Bar in Patch Grove, and Yoder’s Rockville Bar in Potosi.  Without you this event would not have been possible.  Thank you to all drivers and riders who came out to participate and support Wisconsin Badger Camp,” Kayla Smith, Communications Director, said.
Wisconsin Badger Camp is an independent nonprofit organization located approximately 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien and serves approximately 900 individuals with developmental disabilities each summer. Badger Camp relies on the community’s time, talent, and financial assistance to provide for its campers. Camp starts June 9th and runs through August 16th. If you or someone else you know would like more information on how to make a donation or tour information please call Wisconsin Badger Camp at (608) 348-9689 or visit our website at: www.badgercamp.org.