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Memo to Paivika Buddies
To: All Paivika Buddies
From: Kelly J. Kunsek, Paivika Camp Director
Date: August, 2014

Hello Paivikans!

I hope that you are well and dreaming of summers past spent on the top of a mountain, in the most amazing place on earth… Paivika of course! Just a quick note to let you know that things are great up here and lots has been happening at Camp Paivika.

Although the poor economy of the past few years has created new challenges and brought many changes to Camp Paivika, I am happy to report that 2014 has been a year of abundance for us and things are really turning around. For the first time since Regional Center funding was lost in 2009, all sessions have been filled to capacity! This is a miracle in itself and we are grateful for the support that we have received from numerous donors and foundation gifts towards our summer camp scholarship fund allowing us to provide financial support to 140 campers this summer. I also want to thank the "Paivika Champions" for their continued dedication and hard work in bringing that money in. If you are not familiar with the Champions… you should be, and you might want to consider becoming one yourself! Anyone can be a Champion. All you have to do is attend a few short phone conferences per year, pledge your undying dedication to Camp Paivika and work on creative ways to raise money towards the cause! If you would like more information please contact me: or (909) 338-1102, ext. 5001.

The new pool!The most exciting news these days at Paivika is our brand new swimming pool! Thanks to the generosity of the AS&F Foundation, the Fred L. Hartley Family Foundation and the Gesner-Johnson Foundation, we have a completely new, accessible swimming pool at Camp Paivika. The new pool includes a bathroom and shower, office space, pool storage room, electric cover, two specialized aquatic hoyer lifts and is designed especially for our campers. We have been celebrating all summer long with additional swim sessions including our first-ever camper night swim! Please stay tuned as there are more exciting, new program additions in the works for the upcoming year!

This summer we will host 7 sessions for a total of 48 days of camp with 492 camper visitors. This year we have also taken campers snow skiing in Big Bear, tent camping at Leo Carrillo State Beach and hosted two weekends in March as well as a Moms Retreat for our campers' moms. Lots of happy campers at Paivika these days!

Please remember that if you are ever in the neighborhood, we would love for you to visit! Until then, keep that Paivika Spirit in your heart wherever you are.


Kelly Kunsek
Camp Director

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