The Bath Savings Paddle for Pine Tree Camp 2020 is a wrap!
Faced with the challenge of turning an outdoor paddling event into a virtual outdoor community fundraiser during the pandemic this year was interesting. But we were inspired by our amazing Camp staff and how they brought Pine Tree Camp to campers. We were inspired by our previous paddlers and new participants and donors all over the country who stepped up, got in the spirit and raised and/or donated funds to support Pine Tree Camp.
On behalf of Pine Tree Society staff and our campers, you are all our heroes – We look forward to seeing you again next year for the 25th Paddle for Pine Tree Camp!
There is no doubt about it. The summer of 2020 is going to look a little different. Though Pine Tree Camp will not be able to offer its traditional summer camp programming, we are rising to the challenge because our campers need us now more than ever. We have quickly responded – designing the all new Pine Tree Camp to You and Pine Tree Camp Adventure Day Pass. This new programming will keep our campers engaged, connected, active and outdoors during this challenging time.
But, we can’t do it without you. In fact, we need YOU more than ever, and the deadline to register and recruit family and friends to support Camp has been extended through 7/1/20. Together, we make a great team!
What will YOU do?
When the going gets tough, we improvise! So, we invite you to join us, virtually of course, in the 2020 Virtual Paddle for Pine Tree Camp.
You might be thinking: “What is a Virtual event?” Well, it can be anything you want it to be as you create your own “mini-event” to celebrate Camp and the outdoors. Go on a bike ride. Take a family hike on a local trail. Walk around your neighborhood. Have a dance party. Or, jump in your kayak and go for a paddle. The choice is yours.
Just remember, with every pedal, step, or cut in the water, you are making a big impact on the lives of Maine people with disabilities who depend on Pine Tree Camp.
So, what will you do? REGISTER NOW and then tell us.
We ask all participants to raise a minimum of $100. We will help you every step of the way.
To thank you for your support, we will send you a commemorative 2020 Paddle for Pine Tree Camp t-shirt AND a bottle of hot sauce from Maine’s famous Monty’s Batch No. 1. You’re hot stuff for rising to this challenge!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register? Follow this link to sign up.
Is this a team event? You can register as an individual or as part of your team. Our motto is “the more the merrier!” We encourage participants to build teams with their friends, family and coworkers. What a great opportunity to reach out to others and stay in touch during physical distancing!
Who can participate? This event is open to people of all ages. Anyone, anywhere, can participate.
Will I receive a t-shirt? Yes, all registered participants who raise at least $100 will receive a commemorative 2020 Paddle for Pine Tree Camp t-shirt.
How will this work as a virtual event? When you register, you will receive a link to your fundraising page. All you need to do is set up your page then reach out to everyone you know and ask them to join your team or pledge to support your fundraising goal. We’ll send you regular updates with fun ideas for activities and messages that you can send to your supporters.
How can I donate? Simply follow this link to donate today.
How can my company sponsor this event? Yes! Contact Kris Dorer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-386-5915.
The Impact of Your Support
Pine Tree Camp is more than a summer camp. For thousands of Maine people with disabilities, Pine Tree Camp is a family. Now more than ever, Camp is a lifeline to the campers and families we serve.
People with disabilities are vulnerable to experiencing social isolation in the best of times. In these challenging times of social distancing, isolation is particularly difficult for people with disabilities. The accompanying stress and feelings of loneliness can rapidly compound and lead to depression and increased health issues.
For 75 years, Pine Tree Camp has offered Maine people with disabilities the chance to access nature without barriers and meaningfully participate in outdoor recreation while building friendships that last a lifetime.
We are seeing this come to life today in this time of social distancing.
The Pine Tree Camp team quickly innovated to “open” Pine Tree Camp two months early by launching “Pine Tree Camp to You” programming on Facebook Live and Zoom to keep our campers socially connected while offering adaptive opportunities to get active and access nature in their home environment. Our team is also providing support to families who have quickly transitioned to homeschooling their child with special needs.
100% of donations to the Virtual Bath Savings Paddle for Pine Tree Camp will allow us to continue to provide this life-changing programming for one of Maine’s most vulnerable populations.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
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