Dometic Renews Care Camps Partnership
Nature, John Muir once said, is a place that heals, and gives strength to the body and soul. Anyone who has ever pulled into a state or national park and set up camp among the trees and streams knows this to be true. There is something restorative to the sounds of nature and the smell of fresh air. That is why Dometic renewed its philanthropic partnership with Care Camps, a nonprofit organization that uses nature to help restore the bodies and souls of those who need it the most: children with cancer. Care Camps are medically supervised camps specifically designed for children with cancer, with on-site medical facilities that are staffed by professionals who can administer treatments as needed, as well as camp counselors who have undergone special training focused on meeting the unique needs of cancer patients. More than 130 of the camps are spread throughout the United States and Canada, helping more than 32,000 kids annually by allowing them to have fun, build friendships, and feel the joy that comes from camping and spending time in nature. The goal, said Jennifer Mercer, Care Camps director of development, is for them to make memories that help them heal and ultimately return home feeling renewed and filled with hope.
“They get to be among other children who truly understand what they are going through,” she said. “They get to forget about the chemo, the radiation, and all the hard stuff that comes with cancer, and just be a kid again.”
Dometic, a supplier of RV, camping, marine, and outdoor accessories, began working with Care Camps in 2018 by providing funding for much-needed infrastructure projects at the camps, as well as sharing the Care Camps mission through the 2020 “Dometic in the Desert” mobile living industry showcase in Tucson, Arizona.
“Dometic’s partnership with Care Camps is a gift that will change the lives of these kids for-ever,” Ms. Mercer said. “This donation means that hundreds of kids battling cancer will have the chance to connect to the outdoors and do some healing outside of a hospital.”
Dometic’s support helps the camps at a crucial time. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of the organization’s major fundraising efforts were cancelled, Ms. Mercer noted, creating a large budgetary shortfall for this summer’s camping season.
For more information about Care Camps, or to make a donation, visit www.carecamps.org.
Miniseries Features RVers Taking On Outdoor Adventures
The Go RVing marketing campaign is partnering with Roam Media to produce a miniseries called “Boundless” that highlights adventure-seekers who are pursuing outdoor experiences. The series spotlights RVs as the perfect vehicle for people involved in such adventures.
The inaugural episode (https://roammedia.com/boundless-presented-by) features Ryan Robinson, a professional highliner, in the Utah desert; the sport is similar to tightrope walking. The second episode (https://roammedia.com/boundless-ep-2/) follows a crew of white-water kayakers as they navigate rapids and waterfalls in Montana.
Subsequent episodes feature painter Latasha Dunston on an RV trip to “chase the artistic side of exploration” off the grid in Colorado; and musician-rock climber Griff Washburn, who travels to Oregon to pursue these passions.
Roam Media promotes the series to its 650,000 Facebook followers, 900,000 Instagram followers, and 20,000 YouTube subscribers.
REV Launches New Website For Its Service Centers
REV Recreation Group has a new website for its service and repair centers: https://revservicecenters.com.
The REV RV Service & Repair center in Coburg, Oregon, provides services on the West Coast; the center in Decatur, Indiana, handles needs in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The Decatur facility has 49 paved campsites with 50-amp hookups where owners can plug in at no charge.
The centers can handle any make or model of RV. The facilities offer regular maintenance work as well as more intricate jobs such as alignments and comprehensive rebuilds. Both facilities include a paint center.