www.barretstown.org Founded in 1994, Barretstown is Europe's flagship Hole in the Wall Camp. Housed in a fairytale castle in the beautiful foothills of Ireland's Wicklow Mountains, Barretstown welcomes children from more than 20 European countries. Barretstown's campers take part in a life-changing program of therapeutic recreation that is recognized by the medical world as playing an important part in their recovery from serious illness.
Under the guidance of carefully trained "caras" (the Gaelic word for "friend"), children experience success in overcoming challenges and discover their true potential for confidence, self-esteem and friendship. In the process, they find new skills to help cope with their illness — all adding up to "Serious Fun."
www.lenvol.asso.fr Situated on the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest on the grounds of Château de Boulains, L'Envol welcomes children from France, Luxembourg, Spain, and Portugal. L'Envol, the French term for "take off," gives children with serious illnesses the chance to literally test their wings and experience the freedom and joy of camp life. One of the highlights of each camp session is a guided plane ride and an evening hot air balloon ride.
L'Envol offers children a wide selection of activities. By day, they climb trees, ride horses, go fishing, boating, and swimming and become clowns, painters, and even journalists who produce a daily newspaper. In the evening, campers become actors, musicians, dancers, and singers who produce their own performances. Since its opening in 1997, L'Envol has enabled children to regain their self-confidence and joie de vivre.
“I had the greatest week of my life.”
The Painted Turtle, California
www.thepaintedturtle.org The Painted Turtle is more than a summer camp — it is a life-changing environment for children with serious illnesses and the only multi-disease camp of its kind on the West Coast. Since opening in 2004, the camp has set out to offer campers and their families a haven for self-discovery, change and growth. The camp is also home to year-round programs including family weekends, camper reunions, sibling camps and medical research conferences.
Located in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, the camp resides on nearly 175 aces in a scenic valley complete with tranquil lake. The Painted Turtle features a recreation and event center, cabin village, arts and crafts, ropes adventure course, organic farm, Shamu-shaped swimming pool and Well Shell medical clinic.
Because all children attend free of charge, philanthropy is essential to the vitality of our Camps. The Hole in the Wall experience comes into contact with many more people beyond our campers and their families through the service and support of community associations and global corporations. One example is GlaxoSmithKline, which is the largest corporate donor in our Camp family both in terms of their financial support, in-kind donations, and employee volunteers. We share just a few other highlights here with you:
Funds, Toys and Volunteers from Hasbro Support the Camps
In 2006, The Hasbro Children’s Fund announced a three-year grant of $675,000 to the Hole in the Wall Camps. The gift directly supports all of the Camps currently in operation year-round. Hasbro also donated 5,500 toys and games that were shared with our campers and their families. This remarkable in-kind contribution was valued at nearly $72,000. Hasbro is further committed to engaging its employees in volunteer opportunities and initiatives. Hasbro’s partnership with the Hole in the Wall Camps reflects its mission of providing gifts of “hope, play, and a helping hand to children worldwide.”
Champ Car Races On for the Camps
Hole in the Wall Camps continue to grow and benefit from our relationship with Champ Car as its Charity of Choice. The Camps have received more than $750,000 from the Champ Car community with the 2006 season marking the five year anniversary of our partnership. Champ Car’s leadership as well as its promoters, sponsors, drivers, and fans carried on their efforts to raise significant funds and spread the news about our programs at charity events at races around the world.
Ray Lamontagne, President of the Hole in the Wall Foundation, Paul Newman, and Brian Goldne , Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro, join campers at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s holiday celebration.
Costco Strengthens our Capacity to Serve Campers and their Families
Costco renewed its remarkable commitment to the family of Hole in the Wall Camps by again donating funds from the sale of Newman’s Own cereal at its stores nationwide. A contribution of more than $1.3 million directly supported the operations and strengthened the capacity of our Camps in the United States this year. Reckitt Benckiser followed Costco’s example and generously partnered with the Camps for the first time in 2006. The promotional sale of its Lysol cleaners and disinfectants at Costco stores not only raised $340,000 in support of our Camps but also helped to share our mission with their customers.