Announcing Our New Camp Director!
The Goodtimes Project Board and Executive Director are thrilled to announce that we have hired our new Camp Director, Ryan "Weasel" Boles. Ryan has more than 22 years of oncology camping experience, and joins us from Camp Millennium in Oregon.
Ryan's camp experience includes positions as Camp Counselor, Assistant Director, and Camp Director. Since 1999 he has served as Camp Manager – the sole paid staff position – at Camp Millennium and was one of the first to lead his camp to successful independence from the American Cancer Society. In fact, he was a role model and mentor to our Board as we began our process to independence.
Ryan has received numerous awards and is highly involved in the camp community. Recently, he was named President of the Children's Oncology Camping Association – International (COCA-I). He is also a partner with the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses, a volunteer with Candlelighters, a member of Douglas County Cancer Services Board and a recipient of the Coveted Weasel Award, Spirit of Mercy Award and the ACS Unsung Hero Award. However, as Ryan says, his most frequent and meaningful awards are received on an annual basis, often in crayon from his campers.
Ryan's thoughts upon accepting our offer: "I am looking forward to joining The Goodtimes Project family. I'm humbled and honored by the opportunity to be part of such an amazing program. It is my hope to continue the exciting work the organization is already doing as well as contribute to the expansion of services for campers and families in the future".
Weasel and his family are heading off to a long awaited vacation for two weeks, then hope to find permanent housing in the Seattle area in December. Ryan will join The Goodtimes Project in January and his email will be email@example.com. Please join us in sending lots of Camp Goodtimes SNOJ to the newest member of our camp family!
Now the answer to the question you’ve been wondering . . .
. . . how did Ryan get the camp name Weasel?????
“The name was bestowed upon me when the 8-10 year old girls' cabin decided that they thought I reminded them of Timon from the Lion King with my tall skinny structure and "hakuna matata" (which means 'no worries') lifestyle. Even though Timon is, in fact, a meerkat, this somehow in the mind of a camper led to the name Weasel, a relative rodent, and it has stuck ever since."
You tell us ... is it a good fit?
The Goodtimes Project wins
Seattle Met Magazine's Light a Fire Award
for the nonprofit doing "the Most with the Least"
Each year over 13,000 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer. Camp Goodtimes was established in 1984 to provide a no cost camp environment for children affected by cancer where they can recapture the joys of childhood.
For 30 years, Camp Goodtimes has welcomed over 240 campers a year from Western Washington and Alaska for two weeks of summer camp, and a weeklong Kayak Adventure camp.
Camp Goodtimes was supported by a large national organization for the past 30 years. That funding was recently eliminated, and camp was at-risk of closure. Volunteers stepped in to create The Goodtimes Project, and keep camp thriving this year and into the future.
Each year it costs $400,000 to operate camp. We need your help. Help us get kids out of the hospital and into the great outdoors.
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