‘Twas the Night Before Camp – A Note From Our COO

May 26th, 2017


Happy Friday!

Our sites are ready, our teams are in place, and our campers are coming!  Tomorrow, we will welcome the medical teams and volunteers for Camp Hope, Camp Courage, Camp Carpe Diem, and Camp WeeKanEatIt, and then the Campers on Sunday!

Our staff have been working tirelessly getting each camp ready, training staff, and preparing for our campers.  I cannot say enough about how passionately and skillfully our staff work to make sure that every detail is handled.  From our Kitchen teams who create such special memories for our campers as they keep them nourished, to our Site and Facilities teams that have gone over every inch of each camp to make sure things are safe, clean, and ready; and from our Program teams who have recruited, trained, and empowered some 70 young people from all over the country to create meaningful relationships and powerful lessons for our campers, to our Development and Administrative teams who make sure that we are well resourced and doing our work in effective and efficient ways.  There are so many moving parts, and it is because of the work of our Volunteer Leaders that we are able to accomplish so much on behalf of our campers.  It promises to be a tremendous summer, and we’re delighted to share with you the magic of camp!!


On behalf of all of our Camp Team,
Dan Mathews, Chief Operating Officer

Words from Camp: Spin For Kids

April 24th, 2017


Spin For Kids is Camp Twin Lakes’ annual fundraising bike ride that helps provide life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.  If you’d like to learn more about Spin For Kids, register, or donate to one of our many riders, please visit our website at www.spinforkids.org.  These Words from Camp are from one of our past riders:

“One hundred miles is a long way.  The three of us trained sparingly; a few long rides, some ab exercises, a vow to eat during the race; and we hoped for the best. It was our first time riding the big 100 in a large setting. Sunday morning, we arrived, super-pumped in our hearts and tires, at beautiful Camp Twin Lakes. The people to greet us and direct us where to go were the kindest and most encouraging I’ve ever met at a cycling event. Their smiles calmed our nervous selves, and their snacks fueled our antsy bodies. We took off and quickly fell in line with another rider, who fast became our riding buddy for the duration, and a new friend. We rode with him, swapping who was in front, always reconvening at the amply stocked and amazing rest stops. Together, we slurped down locally pickled pickles, pre-sliced fruits, and bananas slathered with peanut butter, as they always should be.

Our new riding buddy told us his story and how he came to be involved with Camp Twin Lakes and Spin for Kids. He said a few years ago, he had done the 5 mile, then the 27, and this year thought he might as well try the full thing. He spoke of his daughters with love and adoration, and also anticipation of the post-race party. He cheered our tired butts on at the stops, and told us how strong we were when all I wanted to do was stop and nap. We cycled through neighborhoods where folks cheered us on and church goers in their Sunday best smiled at our sweaty, spandex-clad selves. On we rode to the finish line, where, I think we were just glad to be off our bicycles. We watched our new friend cross the finish line and whistled and cheered right along with his family, all of us frankly astounded we had just covered 100 miles using our bikes and bodies. We were so grateful we had the support we did throughout this ride, and humbled by the incredible cause. Most of all, we were inspired by the brave, amazing people who participate with Camp Twin Lakes in any capacity. I feel so fortunate to have been involved in this organization, and cannot wait until next year.”