Make a Difference and Join Us at Participation Row

As a Camp Counselor and a frequent Summer Camper, I have learned a few things and had some amazing experiences. One of my favorites was spending some time at the Yodeladies booth where I got to help my fellow Summer Campers who needed some necessary goods. This experience by far offered me the best look into how I could give back as a Summer Camper and it made my soul shine.  So this year I am going to attempt to put some more time into giving back through Participation Row. I really love that I will be able to meet my fellow Summer Campers while doing something important and giving back.

Check Out Participation Row and Participate if They Need Help

This year’s Participation Row will have many activities and events for you to check out. Here are a few of the highlights. 


Check Out Some Awesome Workshops at the Soulshine Tent 

This year’s Soulsine Tent is like previous years in that there will be unique classes and workshops for you to  be able to check out and learn something new. I even plan on hitting up a few of these!

Thursday PreParty Workshops

2:30 – 3:30 — Screen Printing Workshop

5:00-6:00 — Finger Painting Art Class

Friday Workshops 

10:00 – 11:00 — Heading Om Yoga

11:15-12:15 — Stepping into the Hoop 

12:30-1:30 — Comedic Intro to Improv

1:30-2:00 — Glass Pendent Making with Mach Glass

2:00-3:00 — Mother Nature’s Hip Hop Workshop

3:00-3:30 — Tie Dye Workshop


5:15-6:15 — Native American Song and Dance 

Saturday Workshops 

10:00-11:00 — Heading Om Yoga 

11:15-12:15 — Stepping into the Hoop

12:30-1:30 — Native American Song and Dance 

1:45-2:45 — Comedic Intro to Improv

2:45-3:15 — Finger Painting Class

5:00-5:30 — Collaboration Painting Workshop 

5:30-6:30 — Bluegrass Workshop

6:30-7:00 — Glass Pendent Making with Mack Glass

Sunday Workshops 

10:00-11:00 — Heading Om Yoga

11:15-12:15 — Stepping into the Hoop

12:30-1:30 — Victor Wooten’s Nature Set

1:30-2:30 — Acrylic Pouring Creative Flow Painting 

2:30-3:00 — Glass Pendent Making with Mack Glass 


Get Your Own Ticket to the Make a Difference Celebration with Everyone Orchestra and All for Playing a Little Game

One of the most extraordinary sets that you can see each year at Summer Camp is the everyone orchestra that features a wide variety of your favorite artists all jamming together on one single stage. This unique experience takes place each year in the Red Barn. The way that you get the ticket into this awesome event is actually really simple. You just play the Make a Difference Treasure Hunt. 

To get your Treasure Hunt pass stamped there are a few things that you will need to do, but don’t worry…I’m going to walk you through just how simple this really is.

  1. Take part in the Make a Difference raffle.
  2. Bring recycling/compost bags to the Sorting Center. 
  3. Visit a non-profit.
  4. Participate in any Soul Shine Workshop.
  5. Visit the SOULPATCH.
  6. Take a picture of yourself performing an activity to make a difference and tag #SCampMakeADifference. 
  7. Show your reusable water bottle off at Soul Lounge. 
  8. Participate in any Soulshine Art Project.

Of course you will need to visit the SOULounge in the Soulshine Tent to get your treasure hunt map stamped….don’t forget that crucial part since that is how you will obtain your ticket.

Now if that all sounds like a lot, you might want to consider any of the following since they will guarantee you admittance into the Make a Difference Celebration with Everyone Orchestra.

  1. Participate in any NonProfit Drive. (This year there are several that you can choose from which you can read in detail about here.)
    1. Sustainable Concepts Green Team Butt Drive (Every day from 10 am – 5 pm @ the Sustainable Concepts Booth) Basically pick up nasty cigarette butts (12 oz cup worth) and all of the cigarette packaging materials.
    2. Conscious Alliance Canned Food Drive (Every day from 10 am – 5 pm @ Conscious Alliance Booth) Drop off 20 canned food items to get a poster or make the suggested monetary donation. All of the food will go to the East Peoria Area Food Bank!
    3. Yodeladies Hygeine Goods Drive (Everyday from 10 am – 5 pm @ Sustainable Concepts Booth) With this one, you bring in helpful hygiene products like shampoo, toothpaste, feminine hygiene goods, condoms, bug spray, bandaids, and sunscreen.
    4. Cuddles for Kids Stuffed Animal Drive (Everyday from 10 am – 5 pm @ Cuddles for Kids Booth) Bring new stuffed animals so that kids who are facing uncertainty at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois have a new friend to cuddle.
  2. Register to vote with HeadCount!
  3. Volunteer for any Volunteer Team (You can check out Volunteer Opportunities here.)