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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Bash was a Success for Badger Camp!



4th Annual Halloween Bash at the BARn to Benefit Badger Camp a Success!


Wisconsin Badger Camp had a great time at the Halloween Bash on October 26th. Attendees came sporting their costumes for a chance to win great prizes, and to dance the night away with live music from Road Trip! The financial support raised from this event will be put towards a campership program, making it possible for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend Wisconsin Badger Camp.

The night started at 7 P.M. and was held under a tent with a stage for the wonderful entertainment. Dominos Pizza and drinks were served as refreshments. Many people wore creative costumes including “The Addams Family”, “Macho Man Randy Savage”, and many more! Badger Camp, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the attendees all had a lot of fun at this event!

Wisconsin Badger Camp would like to thank the sponsors that helped put this night together and helped make it a success! Diesel Dr.; Insta Foam Insulation & Roofing; Weigel Dairy; New York Life; Schaefer Construction; Wayne’s Lock & Key, Melby Funeral Home, Team Hypro, and The BARn.

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. If you or someone else you know would like more information on how to make a donation or for tour information please call Wisconsin Badger Camp at (608) 348-9689 or visit our website at: www.badgercamp.org.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Christmas Telethon Preparations are in Full Swing!



2013 Christmas Telethon Preparations are In Full Swing!


            Local businesses, Wisconsin Badger Camp, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville community are coming together as preparations get underway for the 2013 UW-Platteville Christmas Telethon in support of Wisconsin Badger Camp. The theme of the 40th annual Christmas Telethon is “A Night to Remember” and will showcase what makes summer camp unique and how it helps individuals from the tri-state area, specifically Southwest Wisconsin. This is made possible because of the Telethon and the support of our community. Tune in Saturday, December 7th to your local cable access station or stream the telethon on the internet at www.BadgerCamp.org from noon to 10 p.m.
            Wisconsin Badger Camp is a non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality outdoor recreational experiences. During the 2013 camping season, Badger Camp served approximately 900 individuals from over 54 counties in Wisconsin and five other states. The cost for an individual to attend camp for one week is approximately $900.  The requested camp fee is only $700.  However, many of the campers are on a fixed or limited income, and may not be able to afford the camp fee.
            “Wisconsin Badger Camp has never turned a camper away due to their financial situation,” Brent Bowers, Executive Director of Wisconsin Badger Camp said. “Campers are able to request financial assistance through our Campership Program. Last year the Christmas Telethon raised over $62,000 for the Campership Program, which allows campers to attend camp who might not have been able to otherwise,” Bowers said.

            Many area businesses and organizations from the community also help out with the Christmas Telethon. Local businesses donate auction items or goods which substantially contribute to the overall success of the event. Civic organizations throughout Southwest Wisconsin contribute time and money annually to Wisconsin Badger Camp for the Christmas Telethon as well. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute an item to the live auction portion of the Christmas Telethon, please contact the Wisconsin Badger Camp office as soon as possible so that we may arrange for the item to be picked up or delivered.
            “The Christmas Telethon is truly a community event, it is rewarding to see everyone coming together to help a great cause” Wisconsin Badger Camp, Camp Director, Melissa David, said. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Badger Camp Board of Directors, the staff, and most importantly the campers, we would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations, and the volunteers who have worked so hard to help make the Telethon a success for 40 years,” David said. “Thank you for your continued support, donations, time, and effort.”
            Come watch this production as an audience member live from the TV studio located in the basement of Pioneer Tower on the UW-Platteville campus on Saturday, December 7th from noon -10 p.m. If you can’t come watch it live, do not forget to tune in to your local cable access channel or stream it on the internet at www.BadgerCamp.org.
            Anyone interested in helping with the Telethon or in donating an auction item please call Wisconsin Badger Camp at 608-348-9689 or send your donation to: P.O. Box 723, Platteville, WI 53818.

Elinore Loveland Trust Supports Wisconsin Badger Camp



Elinore Loveland Trust Supports Wisconsin Badger Camp


Wisconsin Badger Camp announces it is the recipient of a $500 grant from the Elinore Loveland Trust. The grant will be used to provide financial assistance for individuals with developmental disabilities from Grant County that will attend Wisconsin Badger Camp next year.
Located 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Badger Camp is a private,       non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality and challenging outdoor recreational experiences. Wisconsin Badger Camp accepts campers regardless of age, severity of a disability, geographical location, or financial situation.  Wisconsin Badger Camp relies on the generosity of organizations like the Elinore Loveland Trust, as Badger Camp does not receive any state or federal funding.
            “The Elinore Loveland Trust helped Grant County campers experience a week-long stay at camp and participate in activities like camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, dancing and much more,” said Wisconsin Badger Camp’s Executive Brent Bowers. “We are truly grateful for their support and commitment to Wisconsin Badger Camp.”
             To learn more about Wisconsin Badger Camp, obtain a summer camp application, or inquire about volunteer and donation opportunities, please call (608) 348-9689 or visit www.badgercamp.org. 

Grant/Iowa County Tavern League Supports Wisconsin Badger Camp



Grant/Iowa County Tavern League Supports Wisconsin Badger Camp


Wisconsin Badger Camp is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Grant/Iowa County Tavern League. This donation is designated as a community sponsorship for the 40th Annual Christmas Telethon, produced on Saturday, December 7th start at noon at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  

The Grant/Iowa County Tavern League raised the $4,000 through their annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 9th at the Deer Valley Golf Course in Barneveld, WI. Golfers enjoyed a day of raffle prizes, golf, and friendly competition. The 3rd District Tavern League of Wisconsin will be matching $1,000 of the funds.

“On behalf of our volunteer board of directors, our staff, and most importantly our campers, we would like to thank the Grant and Iowa County Tavern League for their dedicated support,” Wisconsin Badger Camp Executive Director Brent Bowers said. “The Wisconsin Tavern League truly has been instrumental in helping Badger Camp grow,” Bowers said.  

Wisconsin Badger Camp is a private, non-profit organization, serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality outdoor recreational experiences.  Wisconsin Badger Camp welcomes individuals regardless of their age, gender, location, ability to pay a camp fee, or severity of their disability. Anyone interested in learning more about Wisconsin Badger Camp please call (608) 348-9689 or visit www.BadgerCamp.org

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Photo (L-R): Dan Headly of Grant/Iowa County Tavern League; Theresea Kaiser, Wisconsin Badger Camp Secretary/Registrar

Monday, October 7, 2013

Woodward Foundation Supports Camp!



Woodward Foundation Supports Wisconsin Badger Camp



Wisconsin Badger Camp is proud to announce that we are the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Woodward Foundation. This grant will financially support individuals with developmental disabilities from Iowa through our campership program who attend Wisconsin Badger Camp.

This grant will help provide 21 individuals from Iowa to experience outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, and arts & crafts. Wisconsin Badger Camp brings a tradition of outdoor recreational experiences to people of any ability or age regardless of one’s financial situation.

 “We are very appreciative of the Woodward Foundation for their support and helping individuals with developmental disabilities attend camp,” Wisconsin Badger Camp Executive Director Brent Bowers said. “It cost over $800 to host a camper for one week at camp, but we realize many of the individuals we serve are on limited or restricted incomes. With the support of the Woodward Foundation individuals can come to camp regardless of what their financial situation is,” Bowers 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. If you or someone else you know would like more information on how to make a donation or for tour information please call Wisconsin Badger Camp at (608) 348-9689 or visit our website at: www.badgercamp.org.