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An Update from Camp Aranzazu President: The Value of Camp

Written by: Kurt R. Podeszwa, President

I am blessed to be a part of this amazing organization and to share our news with you in my first Coastal Connections letter.

As you know, we welcomed campers back to Camp Aranzazu in 2021 and were able to serve some 875 campers! These children and adults represent some of the populations most vulnerable to COVID-19, and the fact that we were able to welcome them back safely is a testament to our talented staff and their relationships with our partners. At Camp Aranzazu, campers were able to once again relax, have fun, be outdoors, and be with others who share similar experiences.

Activity leader holds nature hut lizard on chest while camper tries to pet its back. Other campers in room are sitting in circle watching the demonstration.

Our campers grow, build relationships, and gain independence at Camp because we are intentional about our programming. But don’t just take my word for it! Camp Aranzazu does more than rely on anecdotal information — we measure camper outcomes:

  • 92% of campers reported feeling connected to a Camp Aranzazu staff member
  • 87% said that they tried something new because of Camp
  • 86% of campers reported that they felt like they belonged at Camp
  • 85% of campers did something challenging at Camp

The value of Camp to our campers is best expressed by Charles William Elliot, a former president of Harvard University:

“I have a conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.”

Thank you for your continued support of Camp Aranzazu. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses. You can read about the difference you’ve made in this month’s Coastal Connections.The Board of Directors and I invite you to visit us this year to see the difference you have made.



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