CAMP CHARACTER a belated "THANK YOU!" to LAURA DITTO & KATHY BRUNO from (me!) sandra, tvgp
/and here thank carla graci for telling us about it in the first place. our boys have attended 3 years in a row now -and want to highly recommend this experience to any parents/children for next year. it's one of the best, in my opinion, of pleasanton's summer school activity selections.
and be sure and stop by the museum on main, where their hometown community quilt is currently on display
excerpt from an email sent by the co-directors of camp character:
Congratulations - You have signed up your child for a very worthwhile
adventure that hopefully will set the stage for a lifetime of serving
others. Many studies abound as to why this is important for our
children. Students who volunteer on a regular basis get better grades,
are happier, are less likely to be depressed, and exhibit fewer "risky
behaviors". Not to mention what it does to the receiving party! And
who knows to what amount the receiving party may "pay it forward"? In
fact, you'll notice your camper will have an assignment to "pay it
forward"... via their Giving Plates!
Some Camp Character Service Projects your child may choose -
1. Project Night, Night - for Shepherd's Gate's children. Inside the
Project Night, Night tote will be a camper-made no-sew blanket, children's
book, stuffed animal and a pack of tissues.
2. SPCA - Make dog biscuits, dog pull toys, no-sew cat beds. AND build a
3. Giving Plates - Your child may choose to make a Giving Plate for
someone they know, in need. Some campers may need your help on this. Who
does the family know that could use some hope in their life right now? Is
there a family member, friend of the family, neighbor who has just had
surgery, is sick, someone pass away, lose a job, or is just sad? Some
children may like to give their Giving Plate to someone anonymously.
4. Friendship Bracelets - for our friends.
5. Camp Character Bracelets - each colored bead represents a Character
6. Place Mats for Seniors AND Color Me a Smile - Delight a senior with a
child made place mat or art piece.
7. Messages to our Heroes - Made a card for a soldier.
8. Pleasanton's Museum on Main - Be a part of our own Pleasanton History!
Contribute to a Hometown Community Quilt!
9. Campus Beautification - As a part of our service learning efforts we
have an opportunity to pull weeds and pick up trash for our Walnut Grove
and Harvest Park Community!
10. Giving Plates - A Pay it Forward Activity - Your child will decorate a
plate, bake brownies, and put it all together to give to someone in need.
11. "My Families Hope for a Cause" Banks - Your child will choose a cause
that is important to them and create a "piggy bank" for it so that the
family may contribute their cause.
12. Bag rice and beans for the food pantry!
13. "Cool Ties" and Cards for our Troops... our local heroes.
14. Hats for the Homeless - Tori Forest (from Tori's Sewing Studio
www.yoursewingstudio.com) will bring her sewing machines and help us make
hats for the homeless!
Our CC Collections!
You'll notice that we are collecting items for local causes and abroad.
If you and your child would like to contribute
please bring them in anytime at your convenience during camp hours. These
collection bins will be located right by the MP door.
1. Pennies for Peace - Your child will see a DVD on the subject. Go to
for more info. Parents - if you have not read it all ready, you may want
to read this summer Three Cups of Tea One Man’s Mission to Promote
Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
www.threecupsoftea.com In so doing, you'll gain insights as to why we
(and your child) feel this is a worthwhile venture. Men and women alike
won't be disappointed with this non-fiction book, what an adventure! His
new book Stones to Schools is out in hardback.
2. Project Dignity - We'll collect items to keep our homeless warm this
winter such as - gently used blankets, scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters,
3. Valley Bible Food Pantry - We'll collect food cans for our local food
pantry in the Tri-Valley.
4. Empty Snapple Glass Bottles - We need empty Snapple glass bottles to
create Hope for a Cause "piggy banks". Check your recycling bins.
Please bring some in, if you have any. Thank YOU!
Special Guests - Special representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind
will visit us... with their dog! They will share with us how dogs can
serve! A special guest from Museum on Main will share with us how to
contribute to a Hometown Community Quilt which will be displayed in our
museum! AND a representative from Pleasanton Military Families will come
and share with us how our hometown heroes serve our country. WOW!
Field Trip - On the last day of camp we will go to the Valley Bible Food
Pantry and SPCA to deliver our rice and beans bags and our can
collections. And then we are off to the SPCA in Dublin to give them our
camper made dog biscuits, dog pull toys, no-sew cat beds and dog beds!
Please have your child wear their Camp Character T-Shirt on the last day
of camp. Please fill out a field trip permission form on the first day of
camp. Or fill it out at home and return, please.
Who I Am Makes A Difference - Your camper will receive a Who I AM Makes A
Difference paper "ribbon". Your child will bring home some ribbons to
give to others of their choice to "lift-up" or acknowledge, in a sense,
"pay it forward" and give that person some ribbons to give to others.
We'll give your child a chance to do this at home and reflect upon this
activity at camp a few days later.
Additional "Homework" Assignment - Invite your camper to go to
learningtogive.org. Click on the "students" link on the top-left of the
site. Your camper will learn that they can share their time, talent
and/or treasure (money) in serving others. Click on one for the 6 games
What a terrific website!