KOA Care Camps

(Dec. 6, 2018) — The guest this week is Wade Elliott, who is the president of Utility Supply Group in Kingston, Wash. He is also heavily involved in the KOA Care Camps program. He comes on the show to explain what Care Camps is all about, and describe the impact it has not only on campers, but the people who serve them. He explains how all of us can participate in the program to bring magical healing experiences to kids battling cancer.

(Sept. 25, 2018) — The tent, valued at $27,000, will be up for bid at the Care Camps auction on the final day of the KOA Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

(Aug. 21, 2018) — Liberty Outdoors, parent company of Little Guy Trailers, is donating a Little Guy Max valued at $20,000 to KOA Care Camps.

(june 12, 2018) — “Thor Industries has again stepped up to support and donate to KOA Care Camps in its mission to show the ‘Healing Nature of Camping,” said Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman.

(Sept. 6, 2-017) — “Seeing Steve behind the wheel of a Care Camps race car on Sunday will be very exciting, and we are thrilled with their generous support,” Wade Elliott, chairman of Care Camps.

(June 2, 2017) — Thor Industries presented KOA Care Camps for children with cancer with a check for $10,000 May 30 as the first step in an ongoing relationship between Thor and Care Camps.

(May 26, 2017) — Rob Jackson, president of CWRV Transport in Elkhart, said this week that CWRV Transport will be making a monthly donation to KOA Care Camps for children with cancer based on the total number of “dispatch miles” driven by each CWRV driver.

(May 23, 2017) — Kampgrounds of America’s annual Care Camps Big Weekend set a new camper attendance record May 12-13, drawing about 4 percent more camping families than the event brought to participating KOAs in 2016.

(May 2, 2017) — As of May 1, nearly 18,000 online reservations had been booked for the event. That nearly matches the May 1 advanced reservation record set in 2010 for the weekend event, and is up more than 13 percent from reservations made at this stage for the Big Weekend event in 2016.

(May 4, 2017) — Kampgrounds of America will host its 2017 Big Weekend May 12 and 13 to raise money to support KOA Care Camps, a program which helps send kids with cancer to special camps for a week.

(May 19, 2016) — Kampgrounds of America’s annual Care Camps Big Weekend drew about 3 percent more camping families last weekend than the event brought to participating KOAs in 2015.

(March 21, 2016) — The company currently donates hundreds of dollars for each park, but they are planning on upping that contribution by 50 percent over the next year.

(Feb. 8, 2016) — “Big Weekend helps 112 specialized, medically-equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to kids currently undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer,” said Gast.

(Nov. 30, 2015) — With all the donations totaled, Southeast Publications contributed $65,000 in cash this year. Their total contributions since inception, is in excess of $650,000 in cash.

(Oct. 19, 2015) — “We also collect all of the beer and liquor bottles on the campground and return them for deposits. We donate all of the tips from our food services to Care Camps. We always take our donation coin box to RV and camping shows we attend. It’s a lot of little things, but they all add up,” said McAndrew.

(May 21, 2015) — This week’s guests are Scott and Diane King, the owners of the Springfield Route 66 KOA campground in Missouri. Diane serves on the board of directors of KOA Care Camps, an organization that has raised $8 million since 1984 — $1 million last year alone — to help send kids with cancer to camp for a week. Care Camps supports 56 separate campgrounds that provide a camping experience to kids at no cost to their families.

(Feb. 4, 2015) — “For several years, we’ve come together to help amazing kids battling cancer experience a week where they can have fun and leave hospitals behind, and our campers have been a huge part of that,” said Gast.

(May 27, 2014) — “Same campground” camper check ins for the Big Weekend were up nearly 5 percent, and overall camper nights were up 6.3 percent. Registration revenues at KOA campgrounds for the Care Camps Big Weekend were up 11 percent.

(April 18, 2014) — “While Southeast Publications’ legacy has been the industry leader in producing the millions of guest guides each year for RV properties across the nation, our company is honored to support KOA Care Camps again,” said Warrick.

(April 8, 2014) — Now in its 11th year, funds raised during the May 9 and 10 weekend help send children with cancer to KOA Care Camps across North America. These 56 specialized, medically equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to children undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer.


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