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On average, Ravenwood programs require a 50% donation investment from our community and supporters in order to operate. 

Want to literally watch your money grow? 

Invest in our kids and celebrate the strengthening and health of your community and our world!

The Great Fish Community Challenge starts July 26, 2018!

Support Ravenwood and all your other favorite non-profits at one time! A percentage match from the Whitefish Community Foundation makes your dollars go even further to support our cause. You can donate online or download a printable donation form here.

 

All funds raised through the Great Fish Community Challenge will support our school programs. Read below for all the details!

 

For each of the last 14 years Ravenwood has provided hundreds of Flathead County children a nature connection and wilderness skills experience through our popular Camp Corvid school program. Schools pay a small fee (a much lower percentage per child than our summer camps) to help cover program expenses and Ravenwood raises thousands of dollars each year, primarily through individual donations and local fundraising events, to sustain the program.

 

In the 2018/2019 grant term we anticipate serving around 480 Flathead County students through Camp Corvid. They will gain valuable life skills, learn to communicate and interact with each other and nature, and build meaningful skills and authentic learning habits via mentoring by our highly trained staff.

 

The extraordinary level of retention among our existing school program groups (most have been attending for all of the 14 years) is evidence the program is greatly valued among our participating teachers and school communities. Here’s one Flathead County teacher’s reflection on what the program has meant to her and her students:

 

“It has been so exciting to watch Camp Corvid grow under Brett’s passionate vision into one of the greatest joys of my 10 years as a 5th grade teacher in Bigfork. Students who would sometimes have difficulty focusing inside the classroom walls absolutely thrived in the outdoor learning environment. Camp Corvid made my students more receptive to learning and a place to thrive as leaders. Watching them learn to tend and build a fire, make a bow from scratch, craft a basket from birch bark and discover plants and insects in nature was magical. Camp Corvid taught lessons the classroom doesn’t. The way we became a family community by working, playing, and sharing the outdoors together was something that only happens when you get outside and work at learning in nature and at camp.

 

My students always came away from camp a little bit changed, a little more grown and stretched in the most amazing of ways. I know I walk around now with senses more aware thanks to my many trips to RAVENWOOD and our learning there. I realize it was something that made us never the same again.”

 

Sincerely,

Julie Bonner

 

As you can hear in Julie’s reflection, social-emotional learning is at the heart of our program. There has never been a greater need for this in education than now. The more capable and healthy our children, the more resilient and sustainable our communities will be.

 

In each of the following communities we’ll be serving school children (grades 1-8), their teachers, and a few parent volunteers.

Whitefish: 150

Columbia Falls: 95

Bigfork: 75

Kalispell: 150

Lakeside/Somers: 30

 

The numbers above reflect our current and projected school program service relationships for 2018/2019.

 

Our primary goal is to create for participants a sense of connection and skill attainment through the development of meaningful relationships in nature, with others, and with self.

 

We’ve recently connected with a group of researchers at the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality — http://www.cypq.org/about/approach — specializing in measuring outcomes in soft skills areas such as social-emotional learning, belonging, attitudes, confidence, ethics, etc.. With their guidance we’ll be developing a robust pre and post evaluation tool to measure the specific outcomes of our program including academic efficacy, family satisfaction, socio-emotional development, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, work ethic, and initiative.

 

In addition to the measurables above, we reliably see the following traits emerge in our participating students (youth and adults) and it is our goal to enhance the development of these traits for as many local youth as possible. In parallel, we seek to create a consistent way of measuring the development of these traits which will also help us attain sustainable funding to improve and expand the program’s impact in the community.

 

Happiness of a Child: an innocent, joyous, slightly mischievous sparkle in the eye

 

Health and Vitality: a sense of energy in the body, quick reflexes, and active engagement in physical activity

 

Deep Listening: the ability to be fully present with another’s story and experiences

 

Empathy for Nature: deep love and empathy for the natural world, sensing and expressing an understanding of the relatedness of all things in nature

 

Being Truly Helpful:  being aware of when contributions are needed and acting without prompting

 

Being Fully Alive: awe, reverence, treasuring the gift every moment of existence gives, treasuring the opportunity to be alive

 

Compassion: deep love and forgiveness for all people, a sense of relatedness between ourselves and all others

 

Quiet Mind: awareness in the moment, the ability to be silent and peaceful in one’s self

 

These attributes, brought alive in all children through thoughtful nature connection mentoring, benefit our community by expressing cultural values for care-taking our shared environment, developing valuable life skills, and being in service to others.    

 

We are fully committed to expanding the positive impacts of nature connection mentoring for all children and are honored to be part of a community that values this fundamental goal.

“Every year I’ve been at Ravenwood I’ve had a blast so I just want to say thank you sooo much for supporting this camp!”

Anna Hansen

Camper

“Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her experience at Camp Night Hawk and can’t wait to go again next year.  Thank you for supporting such a wonderful program for kids!”

Malinda Goldhirsch

Parent

Thank You

Non-profit organizations operate in a unique professional field that relies on monetary and resource investments to create social capital rather than direct monetary gain.  Any good tracker can tell you the kids who benefit from this type of community investment produce value through their lifetime far greater than the original dollars that come in to support it.