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Homemade Playdough!

Bringing the Magic of Camp to Your Home with Homemade Playdough! By Heather Buckler, AmeriCorps Camp Outreach Liaison Ingredients: • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar • 1/3 cup table salt • 1 cup water • Gel food coloring • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil Steps: 1. Add flour, cream […]

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Cooking with Terri!

Cooking with Terri! The BEST Banana Nut Bread We always look forward to Terri’s baking and she’s back at it again. Her desserts are always a treat at camp, and in this newsletter she’s sharing THE BEST banana nut bread recipe! And those overripe bananas sitting on your counter begging to be used will help […]

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Wisconsin Elks Surprise Donation

Wisconsin Elks Surprise Donation Fulfills Wish List For the past 27 years, we have celebrated our partnership with the Wisconsin Elks. On Saturday, June 22, we continued the tradition and are so grateful for their support and dedication to Respite Camp. A very special, surprise donation was made after a yearlong campaign to help fulfill […]

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Gregory C. Van Wie Foundation Improving Camper Experience

Gregory C. Van Wie Foundation donates to improve the camper experience! A big shout-out to a very special donor which helped us make some improvements to the overall camper experience. The Gregory C. Van Wie Foundation donated $100,000 to Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps this summer to install a new climbing tower and zip line as […]

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Volunteer Update – Meet Carlee Fosco

Volunteer Update By Carlee Fosco, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator I am thrilled to be filling the role of Volunteer Coordinator here at camp as of this fall. Our weekend sessions are in full swing, which means so is our volunteer program! Our volunteers at camp make it possible to serve the number of campers and families […]

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Veterans Family Camp Weekend

Veterans Family Camp Weekend By Maddy Burds, AmeriCorps Veterans Coordinator Our fall season began on September 20 with our Veterans Family Camp. With the help of over 20 volunteers, our fall AmeriCorps members, as well as our general staff, we were able to serve 98 veterans and family members! The rain held off most of […]

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GivingTuesday Social Media Event

SAVE THE DATE! Global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best […]

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Camp Receives Grant for Sensory Garden

Camp Receives Grant for Sensory Garden By Alex Peters, Director, Camp Wawbeek At the beginning of 2019, the American Camp Association Mid States Conference announced they would once again be offering the Mid States Innovates Competition. Mid States Innovates is a grant program hosted by Mid States and ACA Illinois that allows camps to pitch […]

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Stevie Thomas Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago we received a very important call from Camp America, our international staffing agency. An Easter Seals camp in Kentucky had suddenly closed, leaving several international staff with visas and no camp to attend. Camp America asked (as a fellow Easter Seals camp) if we would like some of the staff to come […]

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Wawbeek Wrap-Up

Wawbeek Wrap-Up By Alex Peters, Director, Camp Wawbeek Wow! Thank you to everyone who made summer 2019 one of the best ever! There were so many great things that happened and it’s all because of our awesome campers and talented, hardworking staff. We started off strong. The team that was built here during our week-long […]

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