Davis Odd Fellows Encampment

As you know, the Davis Encampment #21 provides financial support to send children to summer camp each year. The last two years, we’ve been sending children to the Odd Fellows Three-Link Camp, and have paid their tuition. But this year, we are not able to send kids to Three-Link Camp.

We have just learned that the Board of Directors of Three-Link Camp has decided to not run a traditional summer camp this year (instead, they are going to run two one-week work sessions where kids, accompanied by their parents, may go to the camp to work on various repair and refurbishing projects). The Three-Link Camp Board is doing this because the Grand Lodge Board of Directors has insisted that they have two certified counselors at the traditional summer camp (which they don’t currently have) and the Camp Board has decided to shut the camp this year to a traditional summer camp rather than obtain the two certified counselors. We are very disappointed in this decision and feel it is incredibly short-sighted and wrong.

Nevertheless, we have decided to proceed with our efforts to send kids to a real summer camp, and have explored a “Plan B”. To this end, through the work of Sharla Cheney, we have made arrangements to send kids to camps run through the City of Davis, subject to availability of space in the camps and our available funds. So, if you wish to pursue this program for your child or children (or a child or children in a family that you know about, who otherwise might not be able to go to camp), please read on.

For children accepted into the program, we will pay for the camp tuition and the camp T-shirt.

Note: Time is of the essence now. These camps fill up quickly.

Please see the attached information sheet on two City of Davis camps and a registration form. If you have a child or children who wish to attend Camp Putah or Trekkers, please follow the following instructions:

(1) For Camp Putah: Fill out the registration form. Indicate your 1st and 2nd choice for the week you wish to have your child attend camp. Indicate whether you also will desire after camp care. Make sure that the children can ride a bike and check to see if they have a bike and helmet. On the form, fill out what size of T-shirt the child wears.

On a separate sheet of paper, please list your 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice for week to attend camp – if the camp is full, we need options. Also, if your child needs a sleeping bag for the overnight, let us know. We will do out best to obtain one.

(2) For Trekkers: Fill out the registration form. Indicate your 1st choice and your 2nd choice of week.

On a separate sheet of paper, let us know if your child needs a sleeping bag. We will do our best to obtain one.

(3) Where to send the form: Send no money, but mail or deliver the completed form and separate sheet of paper to the following address;

Davis Encampment
Attn: Sharla Cheney
Odd Fellows Lodge
415 Second Street
Davis CA 95616

We will take the form to the City of Davis and pay the fees.

If you have questions, contact Sharla at shcheney@gmail.com.

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