Open Road Newsletter – December 7, 2016
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A Note from the Directors

Dear Families, Friends and Supporters of Camp Krem,

We hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and are having a very happy holiday season.

Here at Camp Krem, we are very thankful for our volunteers. Despite the dismal weather a few weeks ago, many hard working, helpful individuals showed up to volunteer! Thanks go to Boy Scout Troop 604’s Liam Fitzgerald, Dominick Butaitis, Wesley Jones, James Thompson, Tyler Segal, Dean Ricigliano and Gabe Johnston, led by Scoutmaster Jono Reksoatmodjo, together with Matthew Jones and our own George White. They braved the rain and accomplished much.

We also want to thank Ralph Fistonich, Balicia Emberbate, Sherry Dean and Jesse Dresbach from Well’s Fargo’s Scotts Valley Branch, who worked tirelessly on erosion control by our pool and made huge strides in our Giving Tuesday note writing campaign.

Our thanks to the many other volunteers who made our recent workdays a success, including Gaslight Groups Glen Barrett, Jenny Lemons, Patricia Sager and Max Barber, who did much needed maintenance in the dining hall and advanced our note writing campaign nicely.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everybody who donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign to rebuild our playground. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our extended community and are now so much closer to making the dream of a more inclusive playground a reality! We aren’t done yet! See more about our Playground Fundraiser below.

Thank you all! Camp Krem exists and thrives because of the kindness and generosity of volunteers like you.

With gratitude,
Christina Krem and Katie Giampa

In Memory of Erik McInroy
2/21/90  –  11/14/16

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Erik McInroy, one of our long-time campers. Those of you who knew Erik will remember fondly how his enthusiasm would animate a crowd and how he was a friend to everyone he met. Our thoughts are with Erik’s family during this sad time.

Erik lived life with joy and fervor. When we think of Erik, we immediately think of his enormous smile, his stellar dance moves and the way he would lead us all in song! We will remember Erik every time we sing ‘The Bear Song’, which was one of his favorites.

The McInroy family has started a scholarship fund in Erik’s honor, to help families in need send their camper to Camp Krem. What a wonderful way for Erik’s name to live on.

There will be a celebration of Erik’s life on January 29th at 6 p.m., held at Chabot Space and Science Center. Erik’s friends from Camp are very welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email christinakrem@campingunlimited.org to RSVP, so we can give the McInroy family a headcount of who from Camp will be attending.

Latest News

  • Our Year-Round Respite Program trips from January – March are all scheduled. Click here to see the list of upcoming trips! Registration will be open soon — watch this space!
  • The schedule for  Summer 2017 is planned and up on our website! We will begin taking enrollments very soon. An email will go out as soon as registration for 2017 is open.
  • We have further refined our Medication Packaging Policy to make things even easier for parents/caregivers. If you are planning on signing your camper up for any of our Year-Round or Summer Programs, please review our policy.
  • We recently entered a competition with Galaxy Swing Company for a Galaxy Glider Swing and we were selected out of all the contestants! Thank you, Galaxy Swing Company — it will be a fantastic addition to our (soon to be upgraded) playground!
  • Audrey Fritz, one of our Travel Camp Directors, obtained a grant for our Archery program, through Finish Line Youth Foundation. This grant will allow us to update our supplies with targets, bows, arrows and a storage cage. We are grateful for Audrey’s hard work and for the generosity of Finish Line Youth Foundation!
Playground Fundraiser for Giving Tuesday! 

Giving Tuesday was a huge success and we are grateful to everyone who donated!We are well on the way to a new and improved playground, but we are not there yet! We will be continuing the playground fundraiser throughout the holiday season. Please give what you can to make an inclusive playground possible – every little bit helps. If you are unable to give, you can still help by sharing this with your family and friends.

Here is some of the playground equipment we hope to be able to purchase for our campers:
OmniSpin Spinner
The high backed OmniSpin® Spinner offers children of all abilities valuable vestibular sensory stimulation and encourages interactive play.
Roller Slide
Not just fast and fun, the Sensory Play Roller TableTM
provides kids much needed sensory stimulation, through
the application of deep-muscle pressure from the steel
rollers.

Summer 2017 Dates

Please note that we are not yet open for enrollment — registration for Summer and 2017 Year-Round trips will be open soon.

Session 1: June 5 – 16 (Ages 21+)
Session 2: June 19 – 28 (All Ages)
Session 3: July 1 – 10 (All Ages)
Session 4: July 13 – 22 (All Ages)
Session 4a: July 13 – 17 (All Ages)
Session 4b: July 18-22 (All Ages)
Session 5: July 26 – August 4 (All Ages)
Session 5a: July 26 – 30 (All Ages)
Session 5b: July 31 – August 4 (All Ages)
Session 6: August 7 – 16 (All Ages)
Session 6a: August 7 – 11 (All Ages)
*Session 7: August 21 – 25 (Ages 16+)
 *Some pre-requisites apply
2017 Pricing
Summer Camp –  $155/day
Year-Round Program – $140/day
1:1 Supervision Fee – Additional $75/dayClick Here for More Information About Summer Sessions
Camper Spotlight

One of our campers, the very talented Monica Valentine, has artwork displayed in San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3, as part of an exhibition entitled Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability.

If you are unable to make it to SFO, you can see some of Monica’s work here, or on her page on Creative Growth Art Center’s website.

We are proud to know this talented lady!

Upcoming Events

May 6-7, 2017: Work Day at Camp 

Calling all volunteers! This is our biggest work party of the year and we could use all hands on deck! We will be spending the weekend preparing Camp Krem for the Summer — there is always plenty to be done and we would love your help.
We will be working on a variety of tasks, skilled and unskilled.
Snacks and refreshments provided. Those who are able to commit to helping on Saturday and Sunday are welcome to spend the night in a cabin.Please email Layla: admin@campingunlimited.org to let us know you’ll be there.

May 13, 2017: Open House

Come take a tour, meet our staff, learn about our different programs, ask any questions you may have and meet fellow campers and their families.
Snacks and refreshments will provided. This is a great opportunity for first-time/prospective campers and their families to familiarize themselves with Camp Krem, as well as for old friends to stop by and say hello. All are welcome! 

Rhapsody® Grandioso® Chimes
People with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders find
challenges with socialization, communication, play and
imagination. Sensory play playgrounds attract children and
encourage exploration and discovery, and provide a “just-
right” experience for those seeking sensory stimulation.
Climbing Wall
The fun and energy of a rock wall can inspire us to grow,
stretch and think creatively. We hope to incorporate a wall
into our already standing structure.
Featured Volunteer
Mary Erickson
Mary, whose daughter Marissa has been a long-time camper, has been an incredibly helpful and dedicated volunteer over the years. She has served Camp Krem in a number of ways, from being a Member of the Board, to assisting with fundraising to providing hands-on support over the Summer, where she put her skills as a Nurse to use by assisting us with camper check-in’s on the first day of camp.
We are fortunate to know Mary and her family and grateful for all she has done and continues to do for the program!
Our annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held on March 11, 2017 in Albany, CA.

More information to come. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers Wanted
The good news: Our Year-Round Program is more popular than ever!
The bad news: We do not always have enough volunteers to accommodate every camper who signs up.We are always on the look out for dedicated, caring, reliable individuals to help us with our weekend program. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in giving some of your time on weekends, we encourage you to fill out our Volunteer Application.If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Katie: katiegiampa@campingunlimited.org

Photo by YMcKenna Photography
Thank you all for your ongoing support!

Happy Holidays,
Staff of Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem
Ph: (831) 338-3210