Tipi Camp is a non-profit in the Kootenays that focuses on Wilderness Immersion and Self Esteem Programs (WISE) for children and teens. These programs
are a powerful rite of passage for those participating: a great benefit that is hard to find in our modern society. We fund raise for bursaries so that low income families can send their kids to the camp.
This 4th annual Yoga-thon Fundraiser will be held on Sunday April 21, first class beginning at 9 am, at the Anglican Church Hall, located at 723 Ward Street (the corner of Ward and Carbonate). Four women from our surrounding communities will be teaching throughout the day: Trisha Wilson, Lea Belcourt, Sat Kaur Khalsa and Karuna Erickson. Duncan Grady and Paul Erickson bring the day to a close with a sacred circle ceremony. Participants can stay for one class, all day or anywhere in-between. Spontaneous drop-ins are encouraged too with a suggested minimum $10 donation per class. Delicious snacks, lunch and tasty beverages will be available for purchase. Yoga schedule is on page two of the pledge sheet, or you can see the online schedule here.
How does the Yogathon work?
Print out a pledge sheet from the link above. Take your pledge sheet around to family and friends asking them to support your participation in the event by sponsoring you to attend. You can inform donators that all monies will be going directly to the camp. For those who live far away donations can also be made on line at our donation page.
Pledge sheets are a vital aspect to our fundraising effort. Imagine, if every person who shows up to the yoga-thon brings a little, or a lot, of money in their envelope amazing things can happen and who knows what fundraising heights we can reach. Every little bit helps, (no contribution is considered too small), as loonies, toonies and $5 bills add up fast. We all know this from our own piggy bank experience!
When you arrive at the Yogathon, hand your pledge sheet in with the sponsorship money, make your own personal donation with cash or cheque and take in a class or spend the whole day with other people who love yoga and wish to support Tipi camp. If you are unable to attend please sponsor a friend and spread the word around town.
What exactly are we raising money for? We have a bursary program so low-income families can send their kids to the camp.
In the children’s WISE program, ages 9-12, the kids get to experience and trust new aspects of themselves through games and gentle challenges. The natural environment encourages opportunities for learning, co-operation and fun. During the teen mountain camp, for ages 13-16, councillors lead the group into the Purcell Mountains where they learn to live together in nature. There are countless opportunities for the teens to discover themselves, and to develop respect for each other and the world they share. Many children receive bursaries for these programs, allowing the camp to be available to those who need it. 50% of the children and teens who attended WISE programs in the summer of 2012 were from the Nelson area. It is our wish to increase the knowledge in the surrounding communities about Tipi Camp so that more families, their children and young adults can participate in the WISE programs and enjoy the pristine beauty and vital life and confidence building skills learned at Tipi Camp.
Thanks to yogathons of the past, and other fundraisers, we were able to start an exciting new program for young adults aged 17 – 21 in 2011; This 8 day mountain adventure YA! program leads young people to discover who they really are and provides them with the tools to express this new sense of self in effective ways. This program has only been happening for a couple years now, but we are witnessing a whole new level of being for all involved.
Every year the camp puts out a wish list of needed supplies that would contribute to the smooth running of the camp. Most years the funds available fall short of what is needed and each year the camp relies on fundraising from within the community.
We look forward to joining together in a fun and rewarding day and take this opportunity to thank our ever-supportive friends of Tipi Camp for their kindness and generosity.
For more info contact Sandra or Dave at 250 505 3173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org