Camp Director Zach St. John shares how digital Camp Parkview reached campers, volunteers and friends this week:
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been doing monthly ZOOM meetings to work on building and supporting our community while we take a year off from physically meeting up. This week, we held 4 zoom meetings in a row! Including a sing-a-long that I uploaded on YouTube:
As the year goes on, I will continue having our monthly meet-ups, as the feedback I have received from families has been so overwhelmingly positive. I’ve heard that not only has it gotten them on ZOOM and connected to other communities, but that it has really filled a void with Special Olympics and Parks and Recreation activities postponed indefinitely.
We had 40 campers join us this week, and 20 volunteers! Getting almost 2/3 of the campers to join us through ZOOM feels like quite a success for me. Thanks to the support of Parkview Services, we were also able to mail every single volunteer and camper a brand new Camp Parkview 2020 shirt! I’ve attached a picture of the shirt so you can see the wonderful art.
I’ve also attached a photo of the Zoom today! We had 36 people at the peak of today’s meeting, sharing the craft that they had made (a hand fan). They were guided by a YouTube video that one of our long-term volunteers had crafted up for them!
I truly feel like the program this year has lived up to the mission of Parkview Services: providing stability, opportunity and community!”