Phil Moore, John Patricelli, Alice Wu and Tom Everitt are passionate about inspiring at-risk youth to make positive choices in their lives. Since 2016, these four REALTORS® from the Vancouver area have been supporters of Camp Choice BC, whose mission is to empower youth with a five-day camp experience in August. It gives kids who are going through challenging life situations a chance to get creative, play, meet new friends, have fun and just be a kid.
Last November, Moore, Patricelli, Wu and Everitt helped raise over $32,000 through ticket sales and an auction at the Annual Camp Choice for Kids Benefit Gala. They also act as coaches at the camp.
“The exercises and lectures are designed around ropes courses that have been used in company training seminars, personal development classes, and leadership,” says REALTOR® and Camp Choice coach Phil Moore. “They get a chance to work on focus, trust, and commitment to go beyond what they believe they think they can do. It creates a lasting memory of success in their lives.”
In addition to raising money and attending the camp as a coach, Phil Moore and John Patricelli do weekly visits with the campers at the East Vancouver Boys Club. Here they continue the discussion about healthy decision-making. “The coaching is tough, but it’s worth it to make it out each week to talk to the youth,” says Moore. “Connecting with young people is so important because it keeps them on the right path.”
To give you a better idea of the impact Camp Choice has on the youth who attend, check out the video below.