Idaho Speakeasy | Stories and advice from Idaho business owners, entrepreneurs, creators, local icons, and community leaders who are making an impact in Idaho. With host: Mike Turner
About This Show
Mike Turner, host of the Idaho Speakeasy, is a local business owner, author, and world travel junkie. Mike has always been enthralled to meet and learn from other local entrepreneurs, community leaders and fascinating local icons in the community he calls home. Mike soon discovered that the stories and advice he was getting was too rich and valuable to not be shared with the rest of the community. With that, the concept for Idaho Speakeasy was born. For more, visit: http://IdahoSpeakeasy.com.
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IDS-033 Shane Bauges – Changing the Trajectory
2 days ago
Camp River Run
Camp River Run was first started 11 years ago by Shawna Van Beek. It began with a conversation about the impact of condition-specific summer camps, such as Camp Rainbow Gold, designed for children with cancer and their families. However, there are so many children who have serious medical conditions that aren’t as well-known or widespread.
Camp River Run Executive Director Shane Bauges explains, “We provide free, medically-supervised camps for children, ages 7-17, and they all have some kind of ongoing medical condition.” Camp River Run is focused on making sure that every camper’s needs are being met. Every single child at the camp has their own personal camp counselor, and before any child attends the camp, there’s an intake meeting with the family.
Bauges goes on to explain that not only is the goal for the children to be able to experience summer camp, but it’s equally important for the families to feel confident that their children are being taken care of.
Bauges mentions that parents, afraid and in tears, drop their children off for day camp, and he understands where that fear is coming from. “Many of these kids have had these conditions since birth, so their parents never get a break,” he says. Camp River Run makes a point to do everything they can to have a support network in place for the parents, as well as the children.
“We have licensed nurses, sometimes we have doctors who come to camp, they’re professionals, and there’s a screening process,” explains Bauges. “We talk to each family [and their] child’s doctor and get a sign-off, we go through their medical history to the extent that we can with that doctor.”
The one-to-one ratio of counselors to campers also allows for counselors to have individualized plans and strategies to make sure that every child is getting the best care possible. There is a traditional summer camp program, but there are also day-camps throughout the year to allow more opportunities for children to get a camp experience.
The Power of Camp
“One of the true intents of our camp is to develop that confidence, to challenge them,” Bauges says. “It’s a great honor to help those kids feel normal, and it’s probably the most important thing we do at camp. Just letting them forge their own way – every one of these kids…comes back more confident, more social, more independant, and those are three powerful things in these