Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Jumping into Fall

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 reservoir. 

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.

Our 40th 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