As fundraising auctioneers, we get to work with some amazing non-profit organizations. From time to time we are going to highlight some of those organizations and the amazing work they do. The best part of our job is raising much needed funds for great organizations like: Camp Gallagher.
Camp Gallagher, a place for discovery and adventure, provides opportunities for personal growth in a safe environment through challenge and exploration on land and water, giving campers improved self-confidence, life-long friendships, and an appreciation of their environment.
Gallagher is a place where campers live in simplicity and community, discovering and exploring the environment around them.
CAMPERS WILL DISCOVER
Embrace and observe the beauty of the world that surrounds them. Gain self-esteem by learning new skills in cooperation with others. Build confidence through group activities such as the challenge and ropes course and overnight adventures. Show courage by sharing ideas and taking risks to challenge themselves and others to push beyond their comfort level to learn and explore. Unwind and unplug while living each day from sun-up to sundown. Be empowered when learning to do something they never thought they could. Observe how the moon affects the ebb and flow of the tides. Learn competence in new situations. Gain an appreciation of the out-of-doors through experiences in the forest and on the beach.
CAMPERS WILL CREATE
Persevere and problem solve. Build: sand castles, forts in the woods and campfires, meals. Keep an open mind and listen to other ideas. Develop friendships and lasting memories while sharing daily experiences with friends. Create community while playing, boating and spending time on overnights cooking with their lodge. Nurture creativity, curiosity and critical thinking while planning daily activities. Foster an environment that will show others social responsibility while living in a community.
CAMPERS WILL EXPLORE
Gain respect for the environment and learn how they impact the land they live on. Gain navigation and water safety skills during two or three day overnights while sailing, canoeing or kayaking in the south Puget Sound. Play wide games and strategize with their fellow team members. Hike in a pristine, yet rustic outdoor setting on South Puget Sound. Acquire boating skills while kayaking and canoeing on the south Puget Sound. Learn to be resourceful and grow and stretch as they tackle and problem solve new situations.
CAMPERS WILL CARE
Share, reflect and build new friendships while telling stories and singing songs at sundown and campfire at the end of each day. Care for others and discover their personal strengths. Respect others and the environment and gain an understanding of their impact upon the land they live on. Share ideas and work together to create community.
GALLAGHER AT A GLANCE
CRAFTS – Get creative with help from our craft specialist and many fantastic craft supplies. We encourage campers to create a unique craft for a fellow camper in our end-of-session potlatch ceremony.
GAMES – Gals vs. Guys? Campers vs. Staff? It’s on! We take ‘Capture the Flag’ to a new level with our beach version of the game: Styx. And don’t forget about the most beloved Gallagher pastime of all, kickball before sundown.
THEMES – Each session of Camp Gallagher centers around a theme, culminating in an exciting ‘theme night’ at the end of the session. Past theme nights include a Gallagher Circus, a Haunted Halloween in July, Casino Night and Gallagher Prom Night.
SUNDOWN – The most iconic Gallagher tradition of all, Sundown is a chance for campers to gather, sing songs, share their thoughts with each other and bask in the unparalleled beauty of the Camp Gallagher sunset.
CAMPFIRE – What’s camping without a real, roaring campfire? We end every night (other than ‘theme night’) with a campfire on the beach. Campers lead songs, from feet-stompin’ favorites like ‘Flea’ to softer tunes like ‘Ripple’ played on the acoustic guitar.
CANOEING – Navigating the Puget Sound by canoe is a fantastic way to take in the area’s natural beauty, bond with fellow campers and travel to charming overnight spots on neighboring shores.
SAILING – Sailing has a big role at Camp Gallagher, with campers navigating the waterfront on small Sunfish, larger sailboats and even building their own rafts with tarp sails!
KAYAKING – Whether you’re heading out for a picnic lunch or a two-night overnight, kayaks are a pretty spectacular way to travel (not to mention a great way to buff up those biceps). Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
SWIMMING – It may be chilly, it may be salty, but there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a swim in the Puget Sound. From early-morning lemming runs to afternoon wading, campers are invited to enjoy the sparkling Gallagher waters under the supervision of our lifeguards.
OVERNIGHTS – Explore the Puget Sound like Peter Puget! For one or two nights, we set course for campsites across the south Puget Sound, sleeping under the stars and cooking meals over an open campfire.
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