FEYC Director Message
- Written by Nick Miller
Greetings from camp! Man, what an incredible time it is to be an Elk – in particular, a Florida Elk. In May, I announced the success of your online registration system for campers, and how despite the challenge of such a new system, you broke all previous records in getting kids signed up for camp. Since then, we’ve completed our first three weeks of summer camp, and the news just keeps getting better. The new registration software has made it easier than ever to keep our camper families updated and for them to update us. Due to this, we can pull from our waiting list to fill the beds of campers who drop out last minute better than ever before. The software has also proven to be more accurate at check-in and checkout. For parents and chaperones, this shortens our processing time. For camp staff, this ensures that all camper information is correct and instantaneously available to staff management.
All this was made possible due to your tireless efforts! Thank you!
We’re not done, though. I think the single, biggest concern we’ve received from our Elks involves lodges remaining in the loop. Our goal this coming year is to modify the system to automatically notify lodges once a camper enrolls. Any child who enrolls using your lodge as his or her sponsor will trigger an email or text to any Elks your lodge designates. This will give you unprecedented ability to interact with the campers and families from your community. If you would like to have input on this change or any other changes you’d like to see, please stay tuned. I will provide details on how you can become part of this process in the next issue of this magazine.
Throughout the years, a staple of your support of the camp has always been donations to our wish list. Whether equipment for grounds-keeping, clothing for needy campers, or supplies for arts and crafts, these donations always helped us afford items that were needed but outside our normal operating budget. This has always been a huge help to us.
However, when you donate to a specific item on the wish list, that money can only be spent on that particular item. Over time, we inevitably build up donations toward items that have already been purchased or are no longer needed. Without further action, these donations will remain dormant within our account, unable to be used to help our programs or campers. So, over the next three months, we will be gathering as much information as we can from those of you who may have donated to these obsolete items. With your permission, we will be able to redirect your donation to a more current project. For now, please take a look at the following items. If you have donated specifically toward one of these items, not just a donation in general, I’d really appreciate it if you would reach out to me to discuss our options. The final phase of this process will be a formal letter to all Florida Elks, likely in my next article.
Here are the obsolete items and donations for consideration:
- Butterfly garden $677.20
- Birdhouses $2,300.00
- Jumping Jack $900.00
- Baseball gloves $1,550.00
- Plants for nature trail $500.00
- Flag poles $1,928.60
- Golf ball retriever $4,100.00
The generosity of Florida Elks never ceases to amaze me, and I look forward to working with you over the next few months to ensure your donated time and money make the most impact on our youth! Thank you for all you do as Elks, and thank you for the humbling opportunity to serve as your director for the Florida Elks Youth Camp.
Florida Elks Youth Camp Director