by Chuck Jones
sure you didn't even know I was gone but I'm back off vacation now. Our
newest member of the staff, Lauren, has been doing a terrific job of
updating and monitoring the blog for me while I was out cavorting the past month across
the western U.S., through Canada, and into Alaska on my motorcycle.
North America is an awesome continent and some of the most absolute,
fantastic, jaw dropping scenery can be experienced traveling north west.
week we loaded up the van for a camp in Denver, Colorado July 27-29.
This same weekend we had a camp for Rockford, Illinois. The Denver camp
which is actually in Allenspark, Co. at Highlands
Retreat Center, is sponsored by Centura Health which has multiple
hospitals. Most of the campers and volunteers came from the
Denver area. The Rockford camp is sponsored by the four hospitals in the
Rockford area. This camp is held at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center
in Oregon, IL. We supply three, four, sometimes five Peoria area staff
and volunteers as camp and program directors, and various other
administrative duties but the rest come from the sponsor's area. As you
can see we rely very heavily on sponsor volunteers to make these camps
successful. I have been helping along with these volunteers for eight
years and I can tell you you won't find better, more enthusiastic,
helpful people anywhere. We could not succeed without them.
up next we have a MEGA Brain exhibit at the Coral Ridge Mall in
Coralville, Iowa August 3 and a four day family focus stroke camp at the
Living springs camp ground near Lewistown, Illinois.
week and in the near future I'll be posting some more short stories
written by Chuck Hofvander. Chuck is a stroke survivor and fellow
camper. This time he is
writing some short stories about those who come to camp. Not just
survivors and care givers but staff, music therapists, etc. They are
being published on this blog with permission from those people he is
there is any topic you'd like to see covered on this blog please let me
know. I'm always looking for new material no matter what the subject.
You can contact me at cjrley at gmail dot com (I hope you know how to
put this together correctly). I have to spell that all out, you see, to
make it difficult for the auto-troll hacking programs to get a hold of
it and spam me to oblivion.