UGA students support Camp Twin Lakes

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UGA students support Camp Twin Lakes with their time, donations
By Marilyn Primovic

Camp for a Cause, a student organization at the University of Georgia, donated more than $2,000 this summer to Camp Twin Lakes, which supports children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.

Donations like this help ensure the cost of camp remains free for campers, according to Dan Mathews, chief operations officer at Camp Twin Lakes and founding member of Camp for a Cause.

Camp for a Cause also connects students with volunteer opportunities at Camp Twin Lakes.

“About a quarter of our staff come from UGA students or alumni,” said Mathews.

Camp Twin Lakes hosts camps like Camp Sunshine and Camp Braveheart, which allow campers to continue receiving medical care while participating in modified camp activities.

“If you walk around camp it looks like a typical summer camp, but it offers adaptive activities and medical operations behind the scenes,” said Mathews. “The kids are able to get things like chemo, dialysis, and infusions.”

While working at camp, members of Camp for a Cause witnessed life-changing moments, inspiring their fundraising efforts back on campus.

“Campers triumph over their fears,” said Savita Archer, former camper, member of Camp for a Cause, and current Camp Twin Lakes staff member. “To see them climb the rockwall, even if they are missing a limb, is a powerful experience.”

Sometimes, campers have the opportunity to overcome fears resulting from their health condition. One child with a traumatic brain injury caused by a bicycle accident sat on a bike for the first time, said Hannah McIncrow, Camp for a Cause member and Camp Twin Lakes staff member.

“He was riding it on his own by the end of the camp session,” said McIncrow.

She explained how fundraising allows these types of experiences to happen, while also bringing both financial and scheduling freedom to a child’s family.

“They already have so many medical bills and so much emotional stress,” said McIncrow. “They often have to give full time support to their kids so they don’t get breaks to do other things they need to do.”

This inspires Camp for a Cause members to work two main fundraising events each year, said McIncrow.

“As a camper at Camp Sunshine, camp was my favorite week of the whole year,” said Archer. “The parents have so many other medical bills that it is huge for them to not have to worry about whether or not they can send their kids to camp.”

In October, Camp for a Cause members promote Spin for Kids, a cycling race benefitting camp scholarships, as well as provide childcare for race participants.

Camp for a Cause also hosts Night of the Arts at Terrapin Beer Company in the spring to help cover the cost of camp.

“We usually have a photo booth, games, food trucks, and live music,” said Archer.

Camp is an amazing place where you see challenges become triumphs, said Archer.

“I recommend volunteering for a week to see the impact,” said McIncrow. “We can always use volunteers for weekend camps.”

Camp for a Cause will be at the upcoming Student Involvement Fair on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Tate Student Center.

Camp for a Cause with Camp Twin Lakes at UGA

Camp for a Cause advocates, raises awareness, and fundraises for Camp Twin Lakes. 

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