It Starts With An Idea

Every once in a while you hear a story that really moves you…makes you want to take action, and helps you realize just how much more fulfilling life is when it’s not about “you”.

This past weekend members of the BaseCamp community had the opportunity to volunteer with America’s Grow a Row, a local not for profit that started with a single volunteer (founder Chip Paillex) who simply wanted to have some daddy-daughter time with his then 4 year old daugther Kyra.  Having never gardened in his life, he felt compelled to start one with his young daughter.  Little did he know it would change his…and so many others, lives….

BaseCamp helps America’s Grow-A-Row

Since that time, America’s Grow A Row has donated over 7.7 million pounds of produce and worked with over 9,000 volunteers (most in Hunterdon County), and has supplied fresh produce to much of the mid Atlantic region in areas of most need.  It’s a story worth hearing… one worth taking a part in.  We’ll be heading back around harvest time… hope you’ll join us!

It’s All Fun & Games

Imagine an infield, surrounded by tents, each with its own cause flying proudly. Imagine a community of fans commemorating a great summer by cheering on their team. Imagine an opportunity to meet and learn about other groups doing great work as well as benefactors who are looking for great efforts to help fund. Imagine cash prizes awarded to the day’s champions to help them fund their own great causes. That’s what we imagine and we are excited to bring it to life.

We believe in community. We support it, we invest in it and, whenever possible, we try to create it.  The BackYard Games was designed to bring all of those efforts together in one place to celebrate the unofficial wrap of summer and the people and groups that make up the community we all serve.

We hope you’ll join us.. register a team and or secure a spectating spot, and help us have some fun and raise some funds for the charities and causes that are most important to you!
From the Chair
Summer is a great time to be active outdoors and enjoy the support and camaraderie of the BaseCamp community. To that end, the BaseCamp Board met in early July to discuss the vision for the BC-AC Clubhouse and first draft plans from our Project Lead, Dan Minzner.  We will soon be forming a small team to get input from across the membership so that the clubhouse meets the needs of the entire BC-AC community.  Stay tuned as plans progress and mark your calendars for the Labor Day weekend “BackYard Games” fundraiser.

PS don’t forget about the volunteer morning at Grow-A-Row on Aug 17 that helps feed those needing in our community – if interested you can sign up here.

Mike Wellons
Chairman, BaseCamp 31

Summer of Move

Phew! The BaseCamp community has been hustling these last few weeks.  With the completion of the 3rd annual Beautiful Beast 15k, the awarding of the John Schaible Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Sam VanBelle (an incredibly deserving student-athlete who exhibits such well-rounded strength), the completion of our spring rugby (tackle) and the kick-off of our summer rugby (flag) programs, BC-AC athletes “Muscling Up for Art“….and the start of the APHPT’s “Summer of Move” competition (it’s not too late to join in), one might argue we’ve got a few things going on!  But it’s funny, the more that’s happening…the more moving parts…the more energy that is spread and good times shared.

It’s Summer… a great time to MOVE… join us!
Eric Eisenhart
BaseCamp 31
From the Chair
It was great to see so many of you at our annual Beautiful Beast 15k event.  The event, among other things, serves as a great fundraiser for our organizations community-health focused efforts.  At this year’s event, we excitedly announced plans for the build out of the BC-AC clubhouse – a project that will count on the many skills and contributions of members and the community to literally build our home and further establish the parcel of land we call “BaseCamp” as a health-hub!  Look for more details on how to get involved soon!

Mike Wellons
Chairman, BaseCamp 31