In 2005, Camp Korey officially became a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Today, Camp Korey is among 28 global sister camps specifically designed for children living with complex medical conditions and illnesses. Newman’s vision was to provide a different kind of healing through year-round adaptive and medically safe camp programs, always free of charge. Recognizing their alumnus’s vision, the National Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity formally partnered with Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network in 1996 encouraging their chapters to serve through volunteerism and outreach. “Volunteering for organizations like SeriousFun shows you how one person’s footsteps can be so large and meaningful in the lives of so many.” (Chase Navarro, University of Washington ’17)
When Camp Korey opened its doors in the Summer of 2008, a group of Phi Kappa Tau brothers from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle were among the first volunteer counselors for the two sessions of camp held that summer. Since then, the UW Phi Kappa Tau Chapter has volunteered and fundraised for Camp Korey every year.
Throughout the Years
Whether it be as facilities volunteers, event volunteers, program volunteers or supporting us through fundraisers, Camp Korey has had the pleasure of meeting many Phi Kappa Tau brothers from near and far. One member said that “[his] favorite part of volunteering with brothers at Camp is getting to see a different side of them . . . Getting to see brothers in that element and interacting with the campers and the joy on both peoples’ faces is always amazing.” (Jordan Loeb, Indiana University ’06)
Transformation and Positive Impact
Camp is a transformational experience with long-lasting impacts for everyone involved. Volunteers are able to strengthen their bonds learn and try new things, improve on their leadership skills, and build character, all of which are part of the mission of Phi Kappa Tau.
Many Phi Kappa Tau members who have continued to volunteer year after year (even after graduating) speak to the realization of the positive impact they can have on other people. One volunteer said that “understanding [his] impact, fully rejuvenated [his] spirit. Moments difficult to convey in words are your life’s best experiences. Camp Korey was no different and will forever be held in a special place.” (Noah Ircink, Washington State ’16)
Camp Korey is extremely grateful for the partnership between the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and the SeriousFun Children’s Network. We are appreciative and humbled to watch and be a part of each Brother’s experience and journey at Camp Korey!