Camp Goodtimes Carnival — Not Just Lunch!
Bellevue Rotarians had the best day at Camp Goodtimes! The 100 kids with cancer were in top form and enjoyed every minute. They went from the Bounce House to the Slip-and-Slide, to the Obstacle Course, the Jump-and-Glide, and then the Dunk Tank. They kept going to a Bubblegum Blowing Contest, had makeover appointments with Seattle’s premier hair stylists, and then moved on to the Prize House, where Rotarian Erich Patten told them, “You can take anything you want. Put your name on it and we’ll deliver it to your cabin after the carnival.”
Lunch was then served: grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, and self-serve salad bar. It is the same every year because “Chinese stir fry and tater tot casserole (for example) are not very tasty by the end of the week, when leftovers are being used up.”
Seeing campers just once a year, it is easy to see how they have improved and gained energy and skills. Ella walked(!) up to the microphone and sang the camp song. She now has leg braces which help her a great deal and her blindness is not a big issue for her.
Camp Goodtimes is the camp of our dreams, and Rotary has kept up camp spirit for the counselors, too, as just a year ago longtime camp sponsor The American Cancer Society said they would no longer fund any camps and were redirecting those funds to research. Despite this setback, Camp Goodtimes went on as planned in 2014, thanks to their young staff looking for funds anywhere and everywhere. They will continue each year to work hard to keep the camp going.
Every year, Bellevue Rotary donates $10,000 to Camp Goodtimes. If you would like to make a contribution, please send your donation to:
Rotary Club of Bellevue
PO Box 523
Bellevue, WA 98009
The kids and staff love Rotary carnival day!
Photos courtesy of Rose Ann Payonk and Paul Dudley