2023 Annual Appeal Letter
Dear friends of Nichols Day Camp, November 2023
Sitting down to write this letter, while bundled in fall layers and looking out the window at the quickly changing leaves, requires a short stroll down memory lane to place oneself back in the middle of the summer camp season. But, once there, it is easy to feel the sun on one’s shoulders, smell the aroma of sunscreen (and bug spray!) and hear the sounds of happy campers. The memories made over the course of eight short weeks are warm and joyful enough to take the chill out of the crisp fall air, and to motivate us to create even more wonderful memories in 2024!
This 2023 season was by and large, a huge success for Blue Hill Society for Aid to Children. We were able to hire over twenty counselors, many of whom returned from years past as campers themselves. Their experience and leadership shone through as campers were taught swimming and sailing lessons, led on nature hikes, and guided through new field games and art projects. We had the privilege of watching new campers and counselors alike forge friendships, learn new skills, and even overcome fears. Seeing two formerly water-shy brothers call home to announce that they’d completed the ‘Plug Swim’ was one of those moments that had us all cheering. What we are doing here at Nichols Day Camp is so much more than just giving area kids a place to go in the summer – it’s providing area youth with the environment to learn, grow, and thrive in a community setting. That is why it’s so important that we can continue for years to come!
As overwhelmingly positive as the past summer turned out to be, we have even bigger plans for 2024. We are looking to increase our enrollment, broaden counselor training, and add trips to our Adventure program. Of course, we can’t accomplish this without your help! That is why we are asking for your financial support. Because of the donations we received in 2022, we were able to provide our lifeguards with updated equipment, start a garden for our Nature program, and even replace our aging Scamp Camp swing set. This organization is truly a community effort, and every show of support is so very appreciated. Of course, no effort is too small, and there are so many ways to help-volunteering, attending fundraising events, or recommending us to friends all make a difference! We are sincerely grateful for all the support we’ve received from all of you and have no doubt that you will play a large part in making our 60th camp season the best yet.
Yours in service,
Blue Hill Society for Aid to Children dba Nichols Day Camp