children from camp soaring eagle sitting on a bench and eating popsicles at briar patch inn

In the first week of August, we will once again open our doors to Camp Soaring Eagle, a non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful, fun-filled, medically supervised camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses.  This will be our fourth year of dedicating our entire property to this special cause.

Son and Mother from Camp Soaring Eagle painting totem pole of courage at briar patch inn

We host the Oncology Family Retreat, giving these children along with their families, a chance to experience a burden-free week away from hospitals.  Daytime activities include archery, golf, Pink Jeep tours, and nature and wildlife education from Out of Africa Wildlife Park.  Evenings are occupied with BINGO, magic shows, and yo-yo exhibitions.  We also enjoy partnering with Allie Ollie, a local women’s retail boutique who provides an evening of glamorous fashion makeovers to the children’s mothers.

totem poles of courage at briar patch inn lower garden created by camp soaring eagle children

We believe the highlight of the camp is when the children paint the totem pole of courage.  At the camp’s end, during our closing ceremony, we raise the pole of courage and recognize the tremendous strength that these kids possess in dealing with their life-threatening illnesses.  Each year these children leave their mark on the Briar Patch and in our hearts.

We will be closed to all but our Soaring Eagle campers from August 4-8th.  However, if you’ve booked a reservation shortly after, you will be one of the first to see our 2013 totem pole of courage.

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We hope you had a happy 4th of July!