KAMP x Gateway to the Great Outdoors x BioLite

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Earlier this summer, we partnered with Gateway to the Great Outdoors to offer support toward their mission of introducing outdoor education and experiences to middle schools in St. Louis, Chicago and Fort Worth. The most visible form of our support so far has been in the form of the Gear Drive that we are running. For those KAMPers that don't already know, you can bring in a new or lightly used outdoor item (sleeping bags, tents, packs, etc.) for 5% off any item in the store and a tax write-off from the non-profit. Already, we have raised over $4,000 in equipment donations for GGO, and a big part of that is what we've received from our awesome vendors!
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Among those vendors, BioLite jumped on early and in a big way, sending over a variety of CampStoves, BaseLanterns, SiteLights, T-Shirts and more. The company is very mission oriented, so it was almost without question that they came to help us in this.
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Over the years, BioLite has donated or deeply discounted their products for application in more than 40,000 homes and other buildings around the world, in communities without a reliable electric grid. We've had an opportunity now to meet several senior staff, including one of the product visionaries, and they have all been super down-to-earth, gracious, accommodating people (needless to say, but that's a major rarity for a large international brand).
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During the summer months, when school is not in session, GGO continues the lessons begun in the classroom with programs designed to keep their students engaged and learning. This includes weekly meet-ups at the Cherokee Rec Center in Benton Park (just blocks away from KAMP), where activities like setting up a tent or orienteering disguises instruction on teamwork and leadership.
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We were able to catch up with them in the first session following the BioLite donation, when the kids were getting to use some of the equipment for the first time. They cooked s'mores, charged up their phones on the solar panels, and used the lighting to illuminate a tent they constructed, all while proudly donning the complimentary BioLite t-shirts and a smile. 
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Our Gear Drive for GGO is ongoing. If you would like to donate an item, either stop by the store to drop off, or send us a message at info@kampstl.com to make other arrangements (we are happy to receive a package). 100% of donations go straight to the kids! 
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