The Skagway Recreation Center would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many people and businesses that made Skagway Summer Camp 2016 yet another great year of fun, adventure, and learning. We could not have done it without the generosity of the community and deeply admire your enthusiasm in offering our group a wide variety of exciting opportunities away from school.
In no particular order, thank you Stuart Brown at SMART bus and his drivers Andy, Elizabeth and Red for all the free rides around town. Thank you Elks Lodge #431 and Abby Jo Kramer for the $2,000 grant that paid for our transportation to and from Haines to go swimming each week. Thank you Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry, Stephanie Hawney, Tami Matthews, and the awesome people on board the boats for your discounted rate and excellent service to and from Haines. Thank you Sean Daniels and our amazing guides at Alaska Mountain/Chilkat Guides for the hike and float excursion, and Erin Redington and the just as amazing Alaska Excursions guides for the zip lining tour in Dyea. Thank you Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and NPS Rangers Jason and Lyndsay for our weekly adventures and all the activities you developed to entertain and educate our group. Thank you Rae Ann Galasso and Haines Swimming Pool for accommodating our weekly trips and a special thanks to Mountain Market for your great service and incredible patience. Thank you Jewell Garden and our glass blowers Addison and Sam for the great show and thank you Taiya Inlet Watershed Council and Skagway Traditional Council for the scavenger hunt. And finally, thank you Klondike Goldfields, Little Nugget, Eiton, Debra, and Matt for the dog sledding, puppy visit, 40 below experience, gold panning, and incredible lunch!
We would also like to thank British Soccer Camp and the Girl Scouts of America for providing week-long camps through the Rec Center this year that gave our kids even more opportunities for having fun this summer.
And finally, a very special and (second) thank you to Alaska Mountain/Chilkat Guides Sean Daniels, Jeremy, Conner, and Kris for leading two highly successful Sea Kayaking courses with our kayaking equipment to train people safety and rescues on the water. This course (or proof of something similar) is a necessary prerequisite for renting our kayaks and was provided by Alaska Mountain Guides free of charge. The money collected from this event has been placed in our Skagway Summer Camp Fund and will allow us to continue our swimming excursions to Haines and enable us to do many other fun things that come up! There are so many people in this community that have contributed in one way or another to our summer programming and we truly appreciate your help.
Katherine Nelson, Courtney Hunt, Jeanne Tyson, Dena May, Nathaniel Herbig, Gillian Smith and Jessica