As we head into fall, and we approach our next fiscal year, we are turning our main focus from our camping programs to our various offices.
Two weeks ago, we had
the 4th Annual Teddi Bowl game on Thursday, September 5th
between Victor High School and Canandaigua High School, held at Victor. It was a great night with over 4,000 fans in
attendance. I want to give a special
thanks to the coaches, athletic directors, staff, and players who helped make
the game possible. Our campers had a
wonderful time being able to be part of the football teams and cheer squads. It was the opening night for Section V Football
and the weather was perfect. The Victor Blue Devils ended up defeating the
Canandaigua Braves with a final score of 31-14, but the real winners of the
game were the campers from Camp Good Days who participated.
We also had our
annual Tour de Teddi bike ride on Saturday, September 7th at our
camp facility on Keuka Lake. This year,
there were over 380 riders in attendance making it the most participated in
Tour de Teddi for Camp Good Days to date! The day had beautiful weather and the
riders were able to enjoy their ride, have a barbeque along with wine and beer
tastings, and walk around the camp.
We have our 15th
Annual Courage Bowl coming up on October 5th between the St. John
Fisher College Cardinals and the College at Brockport Golden Eagles. This year, it will be held at Growney Stadium
at St. John Fisher College. Kick-off is at 6:00PM! If you would like to purchase tickets for the
game, please call our office at 585-624-5555.
If you or anyone
you know would like to help Camp Good Days by donating a few hours of your
time, we are happy to announce that we will once again be holding our annual
Kazoo Fest with the help of JCPenny and the area malls. You can come and help sell kazoos and spread
the word about Camp Good Days. The Kazoo
Fest goes from the end of November until the end of December. As it gets closer to November, you will be
able to sign up to volunteer on our website.
We had a small
ceremony the other day at a place that is near and dear to my heart. We had a bench made in honor of my good
friend who passed away in February of 2017, Sal “Skip” DeBiase, and placed it
in “Teddi’s Place” in Highland Park.
Skip was a dear friend of mine, someone who loved Teddi very much, and a
great friend to camp. I can honestly say
that without his help, Camp Good Days wouldn’t have been able to serve the over
48,000 campers that have come to our programs over these past 40 years. If you ever want a quiet place to reflect,
please stop by “Teddi’s Place” and sit on the new bench. It is just down the steps from the water
If you would like
to stay updated on all things Camp Good Days including our events coming up,
please tune in to our monthly radio show with WYSL 92.1FM and 1040AM and follow
us on Facebook. You can also get the
radio show podcast on the WYSL website: http://www.wysl1040.com/podcasts.php.
summer was full of amazing programs and wonderful people, and I am so very
proud of how Camp Good Days has grown over these years. When I go to bed at night I think about how
Teddi would be proud of everything that we have done to keep her spirit alive. I know that Teddi is looking down on not only
me, but all of our campers, staff, and volunteers who are experiencing the
wonder of Camp Good Days.
I will leave you
with a quote that I found. I liked it so
much that I ordered a print of it and hung it on my wall across from my desk so
that I can look at it every day:
May the sun bring
you new energy by day
May the moon softly
restore you by night
May the rain wash
away your worries
May the breeze blow
new strength into your being
May you walk gently
through the world
and know its beauty
all the days of your life