In a move that underscores the potential of private campgrounds to make a significant social impact, Glacier Valley Campground in Cambria, Wisconsin, has set a commendable example for other RV park operators.
The campground is hosting a special weekend retreat on September 29-30, dedicated to cancer survivors, offering them a chance to camp for free in a serene environment. This initiative not only provides a platform for survivors and their support groups to connect and share their experiences but also showcases how private campground owners can play a pivotal role in community support and healing.
Richard Chandler, co-owner of Glacier Valley Campground, is no stranger to the challenges of cancer. Having triumphed over his battles with the disease and witnessed the struggles of his close family members, Chandler’s personal journey has instilled in him a deep understanding of the emotional and physical toll cancer can take. His initiative is a testament to the power of community and the role that private campgrounds can play in offering solace and support.
The event’s activities, such as the decoration of luminaria bags in memory of cancer fighters and the traditional 4:00 Happy Hour, are designed to foster connection and reflection. As the sun sets, the illuminated luminaria bags and shared stories will create an atmosphere of unity and acknowledgment.
For private campground owners and RV park operators, Glacier Valley Campground’s initiative serves as an inspiration. It demonstrates the potential of these spaces to go beyond just providing recreational opportunities. By hosting such events, private campgrounds can position themselves as community hubs, fostering connections and offering support to those in need. Moreover, such initiatives can also enhance the reputation of the campground, attracting more visitors who value community-driven experiences.
Chandler’s words resonate with the essence of this initiative: “Cancer is a battle that requires incredible strength, and we want to provide survivors with a chance to connect, find support, and enjoy the serenity of our campground. We believe that sharing stories and memories can be healing, and we’re here to facilitate that process.”
The funds raised during the weekend will be channeled to the Gilbert Brown Foundation, further emphasizing the campground’s commitment to the cause. This approach of combining recreation with philanthropy can serve as a blueprint for other private campground owners looking to make a difference.
For those interested in being a part of this heartwarming event, you may reach out to Glacier Valley Campground.
Featured image from Glacier Valley Campground.