2021 Programming Recap
For the second year in a row, UKANDU was not able to hold its traditional programming. Instead of canceling events and programs, we embraced the “UKANDU Spirit” and created new and exciting opportunities for our UKANDU Family to connect through our Drive-Through Safari and our UKANDU Virtual Camp!
Over 30 families boarded Golf Carts and drove through a transformed Camp Collins. Each family got to experience all the fun of a full week of Camp UKANDU crammed into a 90-minute drive-through experience! Families passed Safari Animals designed and created by local artist Mike Bennett, stopped to play classic camp games like “Sprout Ball” and “Pin Knock Down,” sang camp songs, and got to safely connect with volunteers.
UKANDU Virtual Camp
The following week, UKANDU’s flagship program, Camp UKANDU, was held virtually. While we all wish we could have been together at Camp Collins, 2021 Virtual Camp brought together 128 individuals, including 20 first-time families, to experience hope, joy, and connection - UKANDU style.
Participants were given a duffle bag prior to Virtual Camp full of everything they could possibly need to participate in each and every outrageously fun activity. This included live newscasts and campfires, arts and crafts, cooking classes, science projects, and so much more.
The format of Virtual Camp not only allows us to reach families outside of the immediate region but it provides a format in which kids who are stuck in hospitals or otherwise too sick to leave home can find connection with peers who have similar experiences. This is why we are excited to continue our commitment to providing virtual programming options for our participants in the years to come.