Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Check Those Off The Wishlist! New Basketball Backboards!

Tis the season of giving! As we all get ready for the holiday season by preparing gifts for family and friends, we here at Pendalouan are so grateful for all our friends and alumni.

Earlier this fall, we published our Wishlist right here on the camp blog. The Wishlist is compiled for the community as a public list that shows what camp's current needs are. Many families and individuals prefer to give towards a specific project or to donate items instead of cash.

One of these families is the extended family of Emily Adama. Emily was a 7 year camper in the 90s. In addition to working as a Summer Staff member in 2005, she has recently helped Pendalouan as an occasional Outdoor Education Instructor. This year, after looking at our Wishlist, Emily talked to her family and they decided to donate two new basketball backboards to camp for Christmas!

We caught up with Emily to talk about her family's donation.

Camp Pendalouan: What is your family's connection to Pendalouan?
Emily: I was a dedicated summer camper from ages 7 to 14, to me it was a place of joy and wonder, friends and imagination, adventure and challenge. My memories of camp have always inspired me to creatively seek the best out of life and people. My older brother came to camp as a thirteen year old - he remembers this time as one of the best weeks EVER as a young fella. My Mom has been a big supporter of camp both by sending me and my brother, but also by financially supporting other campers to go.

From left to right is Paul, Emily, Aaron, "Rusty Pony", Jeanne, Anna and little Elijah.

CP: How did your family come to the decision to donate to camp?
Emily: My family has been trying to change the way we do Christmas for several years, we realized that we just don't need more stuff, that there are plenty of people who do, and that we have the resources to make that happen. It takes a little more planning and effort, but the result on Christmas morning when we creatively share about our project and what we accomplished together is way more meaningful than opening up presents that will probably end up in the trash.

CP: Why did you decide to give to Pendalouan, as opposed to elsewhere?
Emily: The great thing about giving to camp is that we feel personally connected to it, both because of the impact it's had on my life, but also because we see the great need for future generations to be exposed to what camp has to offer. We want my nephews to be able to enjoy camp!

Our Current Basketball Hoops. We are excited to get new ones that will provide a better basketball experience for our campers.

CP: How did you choose basketball backboards?
Emily: My family is BIG into basketball, we love the game, so the backboards were a natural choice, and I'm pretty sure the backboards have been the same since I was a camper. The wishlist made it easy to know that our giving was going directly to a real need and have a real impact on the lives of campers.

Thank you so much to the Adama/Papes Family for providing camp with TWO NEW Basketball Backboards! The matching backboards will be used for years to come!

We are currently in the middle of our Year-End Campaign. If you or someone you know is interested in donating items from our Wishlist or cash to purchase these items, take a look at our giving page on our website or contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director, at or call the office at (231) 894-4538.

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