Dear Campers and Families,
I hope this finds you well and enjoying the current sunshine.
I know many of you are anxious to register for Camp this year. We are anxious for camp as well, and currently working hard to complete updates to the website so that registration will be easier for you. In the meantime, I wanted share some important information with you, including the changes you will find when you register this year.
Camp STIX remains a 100% volunteer organization. That means no one is paid for working at camp. The more than 200 volunteers working camp this year do so because they are committed to making sure that you or your child has a safe and enjoyable week of camp where they can learn to manage their diabetes themselves and, most of all have fun. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and together they volunteer more than 50,000 hours each year for one simple reason; their commitment to improving the lives of children living with diabetes.
With the increase in campers from 102 in 2012, to roughly 190 this year, it is appropriate that I share some important financial information with you.
The actual cost for Camp STIX to put on a week of summer camp is more than $1,785 per camper. Camp STIX has been able to significantly reduce this cost through in-kind donations of much of the necessary medical supplies and a portion of the food required to feed campers and volunteers. With these in-kind donations, the actual cost of camp this year is $948 per camper.
Camp STIX has always had a policy that no child will ever be turned away for inability to pay. This is a policy Camp STIX has adhered to for 14 years now, and a policy we intend to continue as we move into the future. Last year, Camp STIX provided more than $115,000 in camp scholarship monies and we will do so again this year. These monies were raised by Camp STIX volunteers through the annual auction in March, an annual fundraiser in November, our Annual Fund Campaign, and through generous donations from sponsors and donors. Our costs continue to rise; however, and as we have now almost doubled the number of campers in the last three years, the demand for scholarship funds this year will likely exceed our financial resources.
As well, we had to turn diabetic campers away last year. Originally, we had 36 more campers apply than we could accommodate. Your camp director and camp leadership got together and found a way for 18 of these campers to attend camp. Unfortunately, we had to turn the other 18 away, and I expect we will have to turn away campers again this year. Our paramount concern is the safety of our campers and, while we continue to grow as quickly as we safely can, we cannot keep up with the demand.
Finally, we received feedback from a number of parents last spring regarding registration and the scholarship application process. Thus, we have made several important changes to both processes for this year. Please review the guidelines below, as they contain important information regarding these changes. If you have any questions or issues regarding registering for camp or applying for a scholarship this year, please let me know.
Registration and Scholarship Application Guidelines:
1. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015.
2. Priority will be given to diabetic campers over non-diabetic campers through June 15. This means all non-diabetic campers who register will be put on a wait-list. This includes non-diabetic children of camp staff.
3. If you are registering a non-diabetic camper or a diabetic camper that lives outside of Camp STIX’s geographic region (within 500 miles of Spokane), your tuition will be $900. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for returning diabetic campers who have relocated from within the region, and non-diabetic campers whose parent(s) are working at camp for the week.
4. If you are registering a diabetic camper and have the means to pay, your tuition will be $900. We will accept payments, provided your tuition is paid in full by June 15. If your tuition is not paid by June 15 your registration may be cancelled and your camper’s spot released to make camp available to another camper.
5. If you are registering a diabetic camper and do not have the means to pay the full tuition of $900, you will need to apply for a scholarship by April 17. You should expect the maximum scholarship award your camper will receive is $450. You will receive your scholarship award by May 1. You will then need to accept your award and confirm your camper’s registration by May 15, and pay your reduced tuition by June 15, or your camper’s registration may be cancelled and their spot released.
6. If you are registering a diabetic camper and do not have the means to pay the minimum tuition of $450, you will need to apply for a scholarship by April 17, and, in this case someone from Camp STIX will contact you directly. You may be required to establish that your camper is qualified for and receives free school lunches, etc. You will receive your scholarship award by May 1. You will then need accept your award and confirm your camper’s registration by May 15, and pay your reduced tuition, if any, by June 15, or your camper’s registration may be cancelled and their spot released.
7. On June 20, any released camper spots will be offered first to any wait-listed diabetic campers and then to any wait-listed non-diabetic campers, based on availability and on the original date of registration.
8. Any wait-listed campers notified of eligibility to attend camp will need to confirm their registration and their pay tuition by June 30.
9. No campers will be accepted after June 30.
Again, if you have any questions regarding registration or applying for a scholarship this year, please let me know. Just email me and include your phone number and I will promptly call you back.
Your camp staff has some exciting things lined up for camp this year and we are all looking forward to seeing you in July!
Kyle "Keel" Nolte
President, Camp STIX Board of Directors
Camp STIX would not be possible without the generous donations of time, money, and supplies from our STIX community. Camp is fueled by lots of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year and during the camp week. Last year we had 169 campers making it our biggest year yet! It took ...
Camp STIX is an independent, community-based, summer camp located in Northeastern Washington for children and teens with diabetes throughout the Northwest. The camp is held at Riverview Bible Camp on the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Washington. Camp STIX offers a one-week program for youth ages 8-18. This summer's camp will be held July 12-18, 2015. See you there!
Camp STIX is based on four fundamentals for success:
- Campers at Camp STIX will receive the necessary resources to mentally and physically overcome the everyday challenges of having diabetes.
- Camp STIX offers all that traditional summer camps offer, plus a whole lot more! Games such as Capture the Flag, Message to Garcia, A.W.O.L., Counselors Ghost, and activities like arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and an exciting campfire are part of the tradition of Camp STIX.
- Campers will receive optimum diabetes care from local physicians and other health care providers, and also from diabetes educators and dieticians. Campers will have the tools and resources to successfully manage their diabetes while at camp by balancing their activity level with their food and insulin intake.
- Camp STIX will never offer a dull moment to children with diabetes. Our summer camp has a ton of activities which will give kids a terrific week of friendship and fun that they will never forget.
72 medical staff members including Medical Director, Education Director, and Medical Team members care for our campers 24/7. We have physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and many professional students to care for our campers.
41 kitchen staff members make and serve healthy food. We have nutrition experts and cheerful kitchen helpers who plan menus, prepare the food, measure carbs and keep campers well fed.
92 program and support staff including Camp Director, Medical Director, Education Director, Program Directors, Crafts Directors, Director Assistants, Photographers, Lead Counselors, Counselors, and Junior Counselors who provide the fun activities and loving care to our campers.
15 Board Directors who work all year for camp.
Vendors provide us with tens of thousands of dollars in glucose meters, test strips, insulin, medical supplies, backpacks, and fun take-home items. Yet many expenses remain.