Eryn and Mike Bingle
Eryn and Mike Bingle are not who you might typically think of when you think about the Legacy Society. In their early 40s with three young children, estate planning is still on the back burner. But both feel passionately about Camp, especially Eryn's experience as a volunteer counselor, and they want to ensure they have a lasting impact on Camp.
Their involvement dates back to 1997, when a friend introduced Eryn to Camp. "I had never seen anyone so fired up and passionate about being a camp counselor," recalls Eryn. "But I connected with Camp's mission, and the opportunity to volunteer in the cabins and do something very hands on with the kids was appealing to me. We weren't yet in a position to donate financially in an impactful way, so this seemed like a great way to help."
After that first summer session, Eryn was hooked, and the Bingles haven't looked back since. Eryn was a volunteer counselor for three summers, and both Eryn and Mike have been regular donors, hosts and tireless advocates for Camp and its programs. "I've had a very high quality experience as a volunteer and a donor, and I can't imagine life without Camp," says Eryn.
"My favorite memories of Camp are the small moments with the campers that have a really big impact -- the songs we sing, the crafts we make, the new personal bests we achieve," she continued. "There is so much pride and joy when a camper swims for the first time, or hooks a fish, or climbs the tower. Those small moments last forever and are the stuff of inspiration when the campers are back home. As donors to Camp, we know that nearly all of our donation goes directly to the Camp program and ensures a steady stream of small moments for countless campers and summers to come."
"When I was a volunteer counselor, we were young and not thinking of ourselves as donors yet. But we age into new roles," says Eryn. "We want to make sure we continue to help Camp long after our time in the cabins or hosting an event is over, and the Legacy Society is an easy way to do that."