Six Months In (With Your Help)

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It has been exactly six months since we opened KAMP's doors, and it has been wonderful to see the store's growth, our personal growth as business owners, and the blossoming of a community around the store consisting of wonderful customers, kids from the neighborhood dropping in to see what's new, dedicated instructors, partners around town (and further afield), amazing vendors and their colorful reps, and so much more. 
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Back in may, we posted an article here entitled, "Where You Come In", which is just as true now as it was then. In the article, we listed the events that the store had organized up until that point, and we are going to borrow the format again for this post (you may notice that we've begun to prioritize free and low cost events over moderate cost ones- a part of trying to create opportunities of value for our community). If you've attended any of these events, drop us a line to let us know what you liked about it (and maybe we'll post a few of those on social media).
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FREE EVENTS
KAMPfire Stories was our bi-weekly storytelling and craft event for kids. Since our last post, we hosted 7 more of these before postponing them for a revamp (coming soon)
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Our KAMP HIKES are once a month, group hikes led by one of KAMP's owners. Since May, we've hosted 4 more of these, and our next one is this weekend (click pic for details)
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Better Together St. Louis is the organization committed to trying to reunite St. Louis City and St. Louis County for the general health of the region. We hosted a presentation and get-to-know-you event for the Group.
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On June 7th, we hosted a meet-n-great with the Founding Director of Gateway to the Great Outdoors, an organization that provides outdoor education and experiences to public school kids in St. Louis, Chicago and Fort Worth, as well as, to kickstart our supporting partnership. We started a great drive that day, and have raised over $4000 in equipment donations since that time!
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GGO outing with products donated by BioLite (arranged through KAMP)
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On June 9th, we participated in Life Outside, the annual, free festival for the outdoor industry in St. Louis. There, we demo'd our Flite + Tree Tent by Tentsile and a hammock by Grand Trunk Goods.
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Jason at Life Outside
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Put this free event on your calendar now! Excellent opportunity to get amazing art at a great price. 
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LOW COST EVENTS (under $15)
Begun in May, our KAMP EDU: Self-Defense w/Ali Moseia is an opportunity to hone your body's defenses and build confidence for as little as $10 a class. Oh, and the kids love it! (click pic above for more info)
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So far this year, we've done three sessions of this popular course (the next one will start in October). As low as $12.50 a class!
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We've been hosting KAMP Yoga for Kids since we opened, and in July we added Yoga Instructor Sherri Nicholson, a St. Louis native and certified trauma-informed yoga instructor. Nicholson has worked for over 10 years as a social worker in various Missouri juvenile detention centers and with at-risk youth and their parents. These classes cost only $10 (click the pic for info on our next one).
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We are super-excited to host a triple bill for SoFar Sounds! Best $15 you'll spend ever!
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Our ongoing Friday night classes have become very special to the students involved. As low as $10 a class! (click pic to register)
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Our second session of this course kicks off next Tuesday! As low as $12.50 a class. (click pic to register)
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 MODERATE COST EVENTS
(still a great value) 
IndiHop is an annual St. Louis festival for beer lovers and those that love them. It is also an opportunity to sample 50 different locally brewed and crafted beers, all in the setting of some of the city’s coolest stores *ahem* and to the tunes of 18 local musicians. We were a host this year, and it was a ton of fun! Tickets were $30.
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ALSO NOTABLE
We were selected for St. Louis Magazine's coveted A-List as an Editor's Choice!
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We've been included in SNEWS three times! (Click pic to read those articles)
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Filmaker Jon Alexander shot a scene from his upcoming project in our store!
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We hosted the 6-year Anniversary Party for Photo Flood Saint Louis.
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We attended Outdoor Retailer in Denver.