Support Red Arrow Camp
Why Support Red Arrow Camp?
Red Arrow Camp is fortunate to have passionate and generous alumni whose dedication to RAC endures long after they leave the shores of Trout Lake. Compelled by the life-altering experiences they had as campers and counselors at RAC, these alumni help preserve the tradition of RAC for future generations.
Red Arrow Camp is dependent upon the support and generosity of alumni and others to continue its mission of helping great boys become great men. Since 1967, alumni support for scholarships through the Charles M. Boesel Foundation has helped worthy boys attend camp. In 2012, the Charles M. Boesel Foundation changed its name to the Red Arrow Camp Foundation and purchased the camp from Bob and Sue Krohn. This transition ensured the long-term success of Red Arrow Camp.
Today, Red Arrow is still very much in need of ongoing support from its alumni. The Charles M Boesel Fund, a distinct entity within the larger Foundation, continues its important mission of supporting campers who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend RAC. In addition, the Foundation’s ongoing capital campaign allows us to upgrade and improve the facilities at camp while preserving its unique tradition.
Please support our mission. We encourage you to learn more about the RAC Foundation and the Charles M Boesel Fund in these pages. Donations of any size are very much appreciated.
Donor Recognition and Giving Clubs
The RACF Board has established the following permanent giving clubs as part of its planning for the Second Century Campaign.
- The “Raz” Founders Club
The Clarence Rasmussen Founders Club was established to recognize RACF’s major contributors. There are three donor recognition levels within the Founders Club.
- The Chateau Level recognizes donors whose lifetime gifts to the RACF and/or Boesel Fund exceed $100,000.
- The Chalet Level recognizes donors whose lifetime gifts to the RACF and/or Boesel Fund exceed $50,000
- The Manor Level recognizes donors whose lifetime gifts to the RACF and/or Boesel Fund exceed $25,000
Members of the Founders Club will be recognized in the annual report, via placard(s) on camp grounds, and they will receive an annual executive briefing from RACF leadership.
- The Trout Lake Club
A major focus of our fundraising program is seeking planned gifts from donors who wish to make Red Arrow a part of their estate plans. The Trout Lake Club will recognize donors who include either the RAC Foundation or the Boesel Fund in their estate plans. Members of the Trout Lake Club will be recognized in our Annual Report, through a placard on camp grounds, and they will receive an annual executive briefing from RACF leadership.
- The Bob and Sue Krohn Club
Annual gifts of $1,000 or more will qualify for membership in the Bob and Sue Krohn Club, an exclusive group of RAC’s most generous annual supporters. Members of the Club will be recognized in the annual report and receive an annual executive briefing from Foundation leadership.
- The Lil Joe Club
Annual gifts of $300-$999 will qualify for membership in the Lil Joe Club, a group of RAC’s annual supporters. Members of the Lil Joe Society will be recognized in the annual report.
Annual gifts of less than $300 will be recognized as Patrons in RAC’s annual report.
The seven-week format is critical to the RAC experience. Our sons have all said that spending seven weeks at camp taught them to be more independent. A shorter length of stay would not have given them the opportunity to disconnect from today's distractions, and they wouldn't have learned how to be self-reliant, how to trust, or how to build solid friendships.
I was first a camper and then a counselor at Red Arrow Camp. RAC has fundamentally shaped who I am as a person, and some of my oldest and truest friends are RAC alums. RAC will be a part of my family as long as it exists.
When I first connected with RAC, I was a junior in college and unsure where life's path would take me. My time at RAC helped me develop a strong sense of self and uncover my real skill set: helping others.
Foundation & Donation FAQs
By creating the Red Arrow Camp Foundation and purchasing Red Arrow Camp, we’ve spared the camp from the uncertainty of ownership change or dilution. By transitioning Red Arrow Camp into a nonprofit foundation structure, it will survive for future generations.
Almost 100% of donations go directly toward the camp. The directors of the Foundation aren’t compensated for their work, and the cost of producing and mailing our camp newsletters is covered by a donation specific to that purpose.
Although we consider the Foundation’s 2012 purchase of the camp a huge win, we still have work to do. We need your support to expand our programs, enhance our facilities, and create an endowment for tuition abatement.
Currently, there are several capital expense programs underway at Red Arrow Camp. We’ve been using our generous donors’ contributions for facility enhancements like replacing the bathhouse and installing new tennis courts.
You can specify whether you’d like your donation to support the capital campaign or the Charles M. Boesel scholarship fund. Funds designated for the capital campaign typically support the camp in whatever way the directors deem best; however, if you’d like to support a specific initiative, feel free to contact the Foundation to share your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve received donations from corporate foundations, family foundations, alumni, staff, and even current campers. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated!
Yes, donations to the Red Arrow Camp Foundation and Charles M. Boesel Fund are deductible for income tax, federal estate tax, and gift tax purposes.