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Keeping it social

Earlier this month, Abraxas Aktion Club of Poway, California, had an evening campout social. And they do mean “social.”  The Abraxas club invited members of the North County Aktion Club to the event—along with members of the Poway-Rancho Bernardo special-needs community. In all, the campout included 44 special-needs attendees and 86 friends, family and volunteers.  

The idea came from Frank Kenny, a local Kiwanis club member. As a bus driver, he often talks to local students, and he found that many in the special-needs community had never been camping or fishing.  So the Abraxas Kiwanis club members teamed up to make it happen. 

When the guests arrived, they were given an official San Diego Padres hat and a Lake Poway Pin to commemorate the evening. As hosts, the Abraxas Aktion Club also gave Aktion Club lanyards to members of the North County Aktion Club.

The rest of the evening was taken up with traditional camping fun: grilled hot dogs and other camp food, including ’Smores made over a charcoal grill, with plenty of games and singing.  In fact, professional musicians Aurora Bishop and Mike Slayen gave their time to attend and entertain.  (Poway High School student John Lettang led the national anthem.) 

The Aktion Clubbers were particularly successful at getting the community involved. Other bus drivers from the local school district helped with fishing instructions (and donated their own supplies). Parents of Abraxas Aktion Club members donated items and volunteered, and additional members of the Kiwanis Club of Poway rolled up their sleeves. The business community chipped in too, with generous donations of money and items.

Ultimately, the campout was such a success that the Abraxas Aktion Club and the Poway Kiwanians are looking to make it an annual event.






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