Dear Friends and Supporters,
As the end of another calendar year draws to a close, we want to express our deepest gratitude to you and share the highlights of this summer's camp programs. Congratulations for aligning your resources with the vision you hold for a better world; it is this action that truly inspires a just and sustainable future and we are proud to have you in our community.
Here is a sampling of what you made possible this summer:
1178 campers from all walks of life were able to build commuity across lines of difference, play in the wilderness, interact with farm animals and learn about the imapct of their choices. We were able to provide 240 youth with camp scholarships totaling $165,000. Overall, approximately 35% of our residential campers and 8% of our day campers attended our programs with some degree of financial assistance.
Here is what campers and parents have to say about the Hidden Villa experience:
“Thank you, Hidden Villa, for this peacefulness…this is a place where people from all over the world join together and connect. I hope this connection with people and nature stays forever.”-- Farm & Wilderness Camper
“My daughter loved her experience at the Hidden Villa Camp. She enjoyed interacting with the diverse counselors and campers, as well as taking on new challenges in a supportive environment. She came home a different person -- more self-aware, confident, and independent.” -- Summer Camp Parent
“Thank you for the scholarships! It gives both of my children so much hope for their future to know that good things happen and there are good people in life. They have been through so much, and are broken in their psyches and hearts, but Hidden Villa helps them heal in so many incredible ways. They learned that they can make friends, and be independent. They loved every second of resident camp, and wish they could live at Hidden Villa all summer!” -- Summer Camp Parent
Thank you friends and supporters for making this work possible! If you are interested in moving your resources to provide this experience to a young person whose socio-economic background would otherwise preclude their participation, please visit our Hidden Villa Summer Camp Scholarships project page. As of next week, we will be closing this project to fully focus our efforts on the Summer Camp Scholarships page.
We have an exciting challenge from The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, which will match your gift, dollar for dollar, and provide critical, core support for Hidden Villa. That is why this is a powerful time for you to join with us and take action with your dollars.
Thank you and we wish you good health, joy, and peace in the new year!
As we conclude our 68th season of Summer Camp, we want to thank you for your deep investment in this summer's work with over 1100 children and young adults, providing them with opportunities to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of themselves, the natural world and of one another.
It is an honor to stand among such thoughtful, conscientous friends who are commited and invested in the multicultural community building that takes place at Hidden Villa's Summer Camp. The bridges that are built during Summer Camp between our campers and the unknown--be it a peer from a different background, the wilderness, or a goat and chicken-- really do set the groundwork for a world where everyone has a place at the table and where leaders not only speak for the people, but also the trees, rivers, streams and banana slugs!
So that you can really feel, understand and experience the impact of your investment, we have included a link to our most recent newsletter, which speaks to the deep impact of Summer Camp on campers who decided to give back and become Summer Camp staff. In addition, you can read about the Youth Development work Hidden Villa engages in during the school year, which strengthens the connections we build during Summer Camp.
Congratulations on these inspiring accomplishments that we have worked towards together! Happy reading!
Hidden Villa Fall 2012 Newsletter
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