Bringing Smiles to Kids in Saskatchewan
The 46 members of Canada’s Sunseeker Sams chapter had no trouble deciding on a deserving recipient for their 2012 charitable project. The Saskatoon-based Good Sam chapter already knew about the great work being done by Saskatchewan’s Camp Easter Seal, so it was an easy choice to contribute to the simple pleasures of summer camp—from swimming to cookouts to campfire sing-alongs—for kids with special needs.
The only fully wheelchair-accessible camp in the province, Camp Easter Seal gives children with disabilities a memorable camping experience while making friends with kids with similar challenges, all on the shores of beautiful Little Manitou Lake. Funded entirely by donations, the camp provides trained counselors and nurses at all times, so it’s not surprising that costs can be substantial, and some everyday items—like the deck chairs purchased with the Sunseeker Sam’s $500 donation—are sacrificed for more pressing needs.
Noting that the camp also needed new sporting equipment, the Sunseeker Sams also received a matching donation from the Saskatchewan Good Sam Club provincial organization. While hosting their mini Samboree at Manitou Regional Park last fall, the provincial organization presented another check for $500 to the grateful Camp Easter Seal staff.
Chartered in 1999, the Sunseeker Sams chapter now includes member families in 24 RVs. The lively group rounds up their RVs at summer campouts and gets together for breakfast on Saturdays the rest of the year.
Canada has 88 chapters, all told, including 16 in the prairie province of Saskatchewan. You can learn more about Good Sam activities throughout the province at saskgoodsam.com and register for this year’s June 12 through 16 Samboree in Rosetown.
Like Saskatchewan’s Sunseeker Sams, you can make friends and make a difference in your corner of the world as a member of a Good Sam chapter. Find one near you at GoodSamClub.com/chapters.