We love camp.
Every year, we look forward to late winter and early spring. That’s when our schedule is filled with orders from camps getting ready for the arrival of kids. Tipis, tents and yurts are proudly made in Colorado and shipped to outdoor places where kids will be swimming, singing, roasting marshmallows, riding horses and hiking during the summer months. Many people first see one of our yurts at summer camp. Our platform tents are shelter to thousands of kids of all ages, and our tipis are part of what makes camp experiences memorable.
We go to several camp conventions throughout the year, and many camp directors, activity specialists and operations managers have become our friends. We go to the ACA National convention, ACA Tri-State in New Jersey, ACA New England and ACA Rocky Mountain. Later this year, we will be in Philadelphia for the YMCA General Assembly and at CCCA in Colorado Springs.
We tried something new this year – we took entries at the winter conventions to win one of our 18’ Earthworks tipis. We took a lot of names into that hat. We drew for the tipi on April 16, and we were excited to see the winner’s name.
Camp Dudley at Kiniya is a camp we know well. We sent yurts to them on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont two years in a row. The camp was founded in 1919, and became a not-for-profit camp for girls in 2004. They have an extensive equestrian program, water skiing, Big/Little Sisters and many other fun programs.
Kat Hood, Leadership Director at Camp Dudley at Kiniya, dropped her name into the drawing in Dallas at ACA National in February. Once we had gathered over 250 names, we randomly selected Kat’s and gave her a call. Needless to say, she was excited. She says:
“We do have two yurts on campus and we love them but not everyone gets to use them. So, we hope to put the Tipi in a more central location, perhaps beneath the pines that you see in the pictures, and available to all. I can see myself using it as a cozy rest hour location or simply for girls during choice time to relax and make friendship bracelets.”
We are so happy to be sending the tipi to such a great camp. We’ll see you at camp conventions throughout the rest of this year and into next spring. Stop by and say hi when you are there, and maybe you can be the next winner of an Earthworks tipi for your camp!
We really do love camp.