Bids for Kids: Give kids the gift of summer camp

Posted Nov. 15, 2010, at 2 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT — Have you ever been on an owl prowl? Want to try ice fishing or learn to cross-country ski?

Want to give children a chance to explore and enjoy active outdoor experiences?

Camp Beech Cliff, in collaboration with local naturalists and other community experts, is offering a variety of MDI experiences at the camp’s “Give Kids the Gift of Summer Camp” online auction.

Bidding is open from Nov 19 through Dec 5 at www.biddingforgood.com/campbeechcliff.

“One of our primary goals at Camp Beech Cliff is to get kids outdoors, having fun and learning new things, “said Executive Director Debra Deal in a press release. “We decided to feature that kind of experience in our auction as well. We are so pleased and grateful to all the knowledgeable and skilled community members who are volunteering their time to lead these personalized trips.”

The CBC auction offers “Shopping for a Cause” for every budget. The more than 100 items include $15-$100 gift certificates and merchandise from local area businesses, a day sail on a classic Hinckley Bermuda 40, gym memberships at The Neighborhood House and Harbor House, pottery and jewelry by local artists, and cottage rentals for your guests or for your own vacation away-from-home.

Camp Beech Cliff serves hundreds of children each summer, 75 percent of them from all four MDI towns, Trenton, Lamoine and Ellsworth. Those kids rely on the generosity of the community’s annual support of camp each year. 100 percent of the net proceeds received from the auction will go directly toward camp programs.

Camp Beech Cliff is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit day camp and outdoor education center that provides opportunities for children to try things they’ve never done before, learn attitudes and skills that will serve them for a lifetime, discover their strengths, and widen their horizons with new friends from neighboring towns and beyond. Camp will be open in the summer of 2011, operating from the Tremont school grounds and the surrounding area while the Beech Cliff site is being renovated. For information about plans for camp 2011 and updates on the renovation project, visit www.campbeechcliff.org or call (207) 244-0365.

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