Moose Camp 2015 is a happy memory.
We are packing up all of our toys for this year’s camp and processing 25 pre-registrations for next year’s clown camp!
Did you know it will be our 20th Birthday in 2016??
It is very easy for me to get the “Moose Camp Blues” when my friends depart for many different places on the globe.
But this year I will fight them off by remembering a few of my favorite things that happened.
Last week at clown camp….
- A young man over-coming his anxiety and fully participating in the camp.
- A man celebrating the memory of his recently departed wife.
- A woman finding the pathway back to her “funny” after the death of her husband.
- The determination in a woman to continue to clown even though her family doesn’t understand.
- The return of some dear friends to staff.
- A woman finding strength and growth in developing something on her own.
- The joy of two friends who live in different parts of the country having a camp reunion.
- All the smiles and laughter.
- Success in a new routine and character!
- A man with a recently diagnosed illness coming to camp anyway and fully participating.
- A young man growing up before our very eyes in our clown family and seeing the support of his parents.
- A wife surprising her husband by getting into clown for the first time.
- It’s not always about the performance.
It’s time to say THANKS
Mooseburger Clown Camp doesn’t just happen like magic.
It may seem like a mythical place, like a circus-style “Brigadoon” which rises out of the mists only once a year.
But the reality is, a lot of hard work and sacrifice goes into making it happen.
- From the camper’s point of view, they have to discipline themselves to save the money, whether that means working extra clown gigs or carving the fat out of their budget. Some people scrimp and save for years to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
- From the instructor’s point of view, they have a put their life on hold for more than a week. But they put in so much more time than that. They have to put together lesson plans, write up hand-outs, make demo examples, etc. It’s a labor of love. I couldn’t do this without their thoughtfulness and planning.
- From the office’s point of view, camp is a year ’round effort. There is not one day that goes by without us having to do something for camp, whether it is posting to Facebook, convincing donors to support the All Star Clown Show, mailing out registration forms, reserving the buses, etc. And that’s not including all the emails and phone calls we get each day from our lovely clowns.
- From the point of view of the families and friends of the campers, they are charged with the most important job of all: supporting these fine folks before and after that life-changing week. It takes a village to raise a clown! Our campers must have wonderful friends and family members who help them, whether it is pet-sitting for that week, or listening to their stories when they return, or sitting through magic routines practice.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank those family, friends, co-workers, employers of all our campers and instructors who made it possible for them to take a break from the “real world” and immerse themselves in this little bit of clown heaven.
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Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277
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