~Impacting, Enriching and Inspiring All
Through Outdoor Education~
The “Original” Carly’s Kids Outdoor School participants- 2012
Carly’s Kids was chartered in December of 2011 with the hope to raise $3000 to help fund Outdoor School for the 5th Graders of Ensworth Elementary School in the Bend-La Pine School District. With the generous support of friends of Carly’s Kids, we met that goal and sent all 35 fifth graders to Camp Arrah Wanna for Outdoor School. The 2012-13 School year had us setting our sights a bit higher and hoping to help out students from two of the Title 1 schools in the Bend-La Pine district. We, again, were successful and were able the send 70 students from Ensworth and Juniper Elementary Schools to Camp Arrah Wanna. As our support grew, our dreams continued to expand and were given the great opportunity to partner with a local camp in Sisters, Oregon: Camp Tamarack. Carly’s Kids and Camp Tamarack work closely together and we have worked to develop a Outdoor School Curriculum unique and educational for the students of Central Oregon. With this partnership born, our drive and commitment have grown and we were able to send over 300 students from seven elementary schools to Camp Tamarack.
The 2014-15 school year found us working hard to reach out to many of the neighboring school districts and to provide opportunities for other students to receive the benefits that Outdoor School offers. We have found that not only do the students learn about their natural environment through the hands on learning opportunities but they also benefit from the social aspects for the program: the community building, family style meals, skits and social time with their peers in an amazing and awe inspiring setting. Through the outpouring of support from Carly’s Kids donors, who understand and support the value of Outdoor Education, we were able to help over 900 students attend the program with the $30,000 we provided to the 21 schools from three of the Central Oregon School Districts!
2015-16 School year is upon us and we we are excited to be able to support over 2000 students from throughout Central Oregon attend Outdoor Education School at Camp Tamarack. What an incredible experience and gift it is that we are able to help fund this many students so that they may derive the benefits that Outdoor School provides.
In addition to the elementary school children that Carly’s Kids is helping, we are also offering leadership opportunities to high school students from 12 high schools in 5 different districts. These student leaders worked with the younger students and the leadership skills and self confidence they developed were a joy to watch and will benefit them as they move forward in their personal endeavors.
We are blessed and thankful for the support that Carly’s Kids has received from donors, friends and the community. Carly’s legacy lives on through the experiences of the students that we help. Thank you for enabling her passion to impact, enrich and inspire through Outdoor Education.
2014-15 Carly’s Kids Participants enjoying Evening Campfire at Camp Tamarack