It's been a couple of weeks since we held our annual celebration of the Camp Erin bears, and I'm very late in posting a wrap-up! Besides our guests of honor (the bears, of course!) we met the new coordinator of Oregon's Camp Erin, Scott Winters. Scott spoke about how Camp Erin began in Seattle, how Providence got involved in Oregon in starting the second camp, and how the program has grown in the last ten years into the nation's largest network of free bereavement camps. There are now more than 40 camps across the US helping children and teens learn to cope with the loss of a loved one. Camp is an emotional weekend for these kids, and the bears are there to provide a little extra cuddly support.
Coincidentally, on the very same night we gathered at the Bee to celebrate the Camp Erin bears another group of crafters met across town to celebrate the quilts they make each year for the campers. How cool is that?!
The bear costumes this year were wonderfully creative. We let everyone who visited the shop the week prior to the party vote on their favorites, and the makers of the favorite outfits were treated to a $50.00 Knitting Bee gift certificates.
Whimsical Bears - Favorite: Jann Sparks, Runner up: Juno Valerio
Technically Terrific Bears - Favorite: Chris Riley, Runner up: Marisa Hawkey
Glamorous Bears - Favorite: Amanda Patterson, Runner up: Elena Latch
Outdoorsy Bears - Favorite: Bonnie Sulmonetti, Runner up: Alison Johnson
Honorable Mention (most overall votes): Chantal Urruty
Lucky Draw: Debbie Gisler
Big hugs and a very sincere thank you to everyone who participated this year. Camp Erin will be a little more cuddly because of your crafting!
P.S. Crafting bear outfits isn't the only way you can help support Oregon's Camp Erin. Visit the Providence website to learn about more ways you can get involved.