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Fall 2022 Update

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This wonderful time of year is rather busy in Rabun, not just with tourists and traffic, but with youth activities across our fine county. We do keep our communications with donors and constituents to a minimum, these Quarterly Updates being the only communications you will ever receive. We respect your time. Below are the highlights of this Fall’s activities:

  • RabunYES purchased children’s classic books in bulk from a publisher and will be distributing them in time for Christmas via an elderly couple who play Santa & Mrs. Clause, bringing toys and such to needy kids. The books are Goodnight Moon, The Night Before Christmas and The Little Engine That Could. This is the first year we are doing this, but envision it to be an annual program.
  • A new program in collaboration with AVITA Community Partners in Tiger on October 22nd went quite well. It was held on AVITA’s property where Scouts from Troop 19 had prepared teaching stations covering a variety of outdoor skills like putting up tents, cooking on an outdoor stove, fire starting and knot tying. The event was completely designed and run by Scouts teaching youth with various challenges. The weather was spectacular. RabunYES served a nice lunch to all present. We envision conducting more programs with AVITA in the future.
  • RabunYES continues to sponsor training of youth in topics not typically taught in school settings. We have funds earmarked for specialized training, primarily focusing on leadership. If other youth-based organizations wish to partner with RabunYES toward that end, we would be pleased to review programs and contribute our talents and funds toward them. Contact RabunGA.Youth@gmail.com to reach us.
  • During all of September, The Rabun County Library featured a display sponsored by RabunYES showing the history of youth camps in Rabun County spanning back from 1920’s to present day. Many artifacts and historical Scouting materials were displayed with contributors from Mr. Buckridge’s family archives, Troop 19 & Cub Pack 6. The display received wide acclaim.

  • The cost of summer camps, along with everything else, has been rising fast, Many Rabun families are now seeing the sending of their kids to summer camp as a luxury they can ill afford. RabunYES will be supporting at least four youth in the county this next summer by sending them to camp free of charge to a variety of camps. The selection of local youth will be made via tax-exempt youth organizations during First Quarter, 2023.
  • A Youth Center where kids of various organizations can meet remains on our radar. Rather than building, given current high construction costs, RabunYES is engaged in discussions for an existing facility and hopefully can move the ball forward during November. Much review work has been completed during Sept-October and we hope to have a conclusion in the very near future.
  • RabunYES is an approved AmazonSmile recipient of contributions for a very small portion of every Amazon purchase. It costs absolutely nothing to purchasers. In order to sign up, go to AmazonSmile and link Rabun Youth Educational Support and every purchase you make will set aside a tiny amount toward Amazon’s contributions. It all adds up.
  • Looking ahead to Winter, a highway beautification effort along US441 in Lakemont, partnering with Georgia Power, will give youth a hands-on experience improving what was a former construction staging area. GP will be providing the plantings and youth will lay out the design and provide labor.

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Fall 2022 Update

This wonderful time of year is rather busy in Rabun, not just with tourists and traffic, but with youth activities across our fine county. We do keep our communications with donors and constituents to a minimum, these Quarterly Updates being the only communications you will ever receive. We respect your time. Below are the highlights of this Fall’s activities:

  • RabunYES purchased children’s classic books in bulk from a publisher and will be distributing them in time for Christmas via an elderly couple who play Santa & Mrs. Clause, bringing toys and such to needy kids. The books are Goodnight Moon, The Night Before Christmas and The Little Engine That Could. This is the first year we are doing this, but envision it to be an annual program.
  • A new program in collaboration with AVITA Community Partners in Tiger on October 22nd went quite well. It was held on AVITA’s property where Scouts from Troop 19 had prepared teaching stations covering a variety of outdoor skills like putting up tents, cooking on an outdoor stove, fire starting and knot tying. The event was completely designed and run by Scouts teaching youth with various challenges. The weather was spectacular. RabunYES served a nice lunch to all present. We envision conducting more programs with AVITA in the future.
  • RabunYES continues to sponsor training of youth in topics not typically taught in school settings. We have funds earmarked for specialized training, primarily focusing on leadership. If other youth-based organizations wish to partner with RabunYES toward that end, we would be pleased to review programs and contribute our talents and funds toward them. Contact RabunGA.Youth@gmail.com to reach us.
  • During all of September, The Rabun County Library featured a display sponsored by RabunYES showing the history of youth camps in Rabun County spanning back from 1920’s to present day. Many artifacts and historical Scouting materials were displayed with contributors from Mr. Buckridge’s family archives, Troop 19 & Cub Pack 6. The display received wide acclaim.

  • The cost of summer camps, along with everything else, has been rising fast, Many Rabun families are now seeing the sending of their kids to summer camp as a luxury they can ill afford. RabunYES will be supporting at least four youth in the county this next summer by sending them to camp free of charge to a variety of camps. The selection of local youth will be made via tax-exempt youth organizations during First Quarter, 2023.
  • A Youth Center where kids of various organizations can meet remains on our radar. Rather than building, given current high construction costs, RabunYES is engaged in discussions for an existing facility and hopefully can move the ball forward during November. Much review work has been completed during Sept-October and we hope to have a conclusion in the very near future.
  • RabunYES is an approved AmazonSmile recipient of contributions for a very small portion of every Amazon purchase. It costs absolutely nothing to purchasers. In order to sign up, go to AmazonSmile and link Rabun Youth Educational Support and every purchase you make will set aside a tiny amount toward Amazon’s contributions. It all adds up.
  • Looking ahead to Winter, a highway beautification effort along US441 in Lakemont, partnering with Georgia Power, will give youth a hands-on experience improving what was a former construction staging area. GP will be providing the plantings and youth will lay out the design and provide labor.