The state of our association is good. I believe the future of camp scholarships is bright. And yet, I want you to understand just where we stand—and how much of that bright future depends on what you and I do next.
Here’s the good news: For the first time in our history, we are engaged in a successful fundraising effort on two fronts. We have continued to raise money for our current scholarships through our annual fund, and we have begun to build a scholarship endowment, the goal of our recently launched five-year, $500,000 capital campaign.
Just a few years ago, we could barely dream of these goals and these numbers. We were routinely raising emergency funds at the end of the year to pay for the previous summer’s scholarships. Every January, we looked at our balance sheet and saw lines of red. But thanks to your generous donations, we are now raising money to ensure a robust future instead of cobbling together funds to pay off the obligations of the past. Donors like Peter Shaw—who has committed to sponsor a scholarship for one Maine boy every summer—and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation—which has made a multi-year, multi-camper commitment to us—have made this possible. But so have the dozens of $19 and $38 and $57 donations we’ve received from our alumni, friends, and family. Our organization is at its strongest on every level when we all play a role, when we all gather wood for our campfire, when we all share in the mission.
And our mission is expanding. Our newest board member, Andy Rougeot (SL ’04), has been actively working to create realtionships between camp and charter schools in Boston. Other members of our hard-working board are pursuing similar efforts. Our goal is simple: We want to help great scholarship candidates find camp, and we want to help camp find great boys.
So the state of our association is good, but good is not enough. We need to continue to fight with pep and vim to expand our mission and ensure its success. And we need to continue, especially now, to make sure Winnebago continues to be a place of inclusion and care.
With Winnebagan Love and Friendship,