Dream Day on Cape Cod

Countdown to Summer!

The trees are finally turning green here on the Cape and the sun is shining!

Camp is looking beautiful thanks to the hard work of our volunteers during the past weeks.  The fine people from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Bank of America, Eversource MA, NationalGrid (Organized by the Cape & Islands United Way) and Kohls have put their time and energy into getting camp ready for our guests.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see more details about the good work they have done and keep up to date as we have more volunteer days coming up!

Tour da Cape is just a few short weeks away! Participants will be riding from Sharon to Brewster…ending at camp! If you wish to make a donation on a rider’s behalf, rider pages can be found here: http://www.firstgiving.com/dreamday/tour-da-cape-2016

We are also now accepting applications to join Dream Day on Cape Cod’s Falmouth Road Race team! Bibs go quick for this race so runners are encouraged to get in touch with us ASAP. Email us at dreamdayoncapecod@gmail.com or message us on Facebook to apply or for more information.

So much too look forward to!!!

Happy Spring!

We hope you all had a fantastic winter and are now enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine…summer is coming!

The Hudnalls are all settled into living at camp and have been working tirelessly to get ready for our families. Sessions are filling up and the staff are hired. Make sure to “Like” our Facebook page, if you don’t already, to meet all of our awesome counselors as they are introduced.

Our first event of the season is approaching! Tour da Cape is happening June 2. Tour da Cape is a 100 mile bike ride beginning in Boston and ending right at camp! This event has raised over $150,000 to support Dream Day since it started in 2003.  To learn more about the ride or to donate, please visit FirstGiving.

Some of our other event dates are set as well and pages will be updated as more information becomes available.

  • Cape Cod Bay Bass & Bluefish Tournament: July 8 & 9
  • Falmouth Road Race: August 21
  • Dream Day Open Scramble Golf Tournament: September 19
  • DreamBIG Yogathon: October 2

Check back soon…the busy season is about to start!


What a Weekend!

Fresh off another magical holiday weekend! Special thanks to Clarion Inn Cape Cod – owner George Abbott has donated dozens of rooms to our families for over a decade and we are so grateful. This year, 16 families attended and swam and crafted and donut-ed and bowled and smiled and swam some more.

Extra big thanks to Z Donut Co, Nauset High School Key Club, Ryan Family Amusements, and Hearth n Kettle South Yarmouth. Clarion Inn staff was warm and welcoming as ever. And a shout out to Dream Day counselor staff: Steve, Morgan, and Dina volunteered for the weekend and brought the fun.

Sending love to Dream Day families and volunteers near and far this holiday season! 12313510_10153100365825806_5964899153523498909_n



It’s almost time!

Camp Director Dave has moved to camp and work is in full swing! Camp begins in less than a month and we are SO excited!

Our spring has been chock full of service day facility preparation, program planning, and staff hiring. Just wait until you meet this 2015 staff: top notch!! Stay tuned here to hear directly from Dave about all that he has in store for you!

Looking ahead, expect awesome camp support events over the coming months:

JUNE – the annual Tour da Cape Boston-to-Brewster bike ride occurs June 5th

JULY – the great Cape Cod Bay Bass & Blue Fish Tournament

AUGUST – twenty runners take on the Falmouth Road Race as part of the Numbers for Nonprofits program

and later in the month; ART, WORDS, & WINE – a fabulous event at Cape Cod Museum of Art

SEPTEMBER – Dream Day Open Scramble Golf Tournament at the Ridge Club

OCTOBER – DreamBIG Yogathon held in partnership with Power Yoga of Cape Cod at Cape Cod Sea Camps October 4th

Nun Run 5k run/walk – October 17th in Chatham.

So you can Ride, Fish, Run, Sip, Tee, Om, and Walk for Dream Day!

Exciting News!

We are thrilled to announce the hire and appointment of full-time permanent Camp Director David Hudnall. Many families met Dave at this year’s Holiday Weekend.

Dave has been a part of camp since childhood where he grew up attending 4-H camps all over the state of Georgia. He began his career in camp in Maine where he led and directed a wilderness trips program out of Poland Spring that included back country hiking and camping as well as whitewater canoe trips. He honed his skills as an experiential educator teaching character development for The Leadership School in Maine and science based curriculum for The Outdoor School in Texas. From there Dave moved to the Catskill Mountains of New York State where he oversaw the Group and Family Programs at the largest YMCA camp in the country.
Dave will live at camp with his wife, Mackenzie, and daughter, Stella. Dave met his wife at camp in Maine and being the true camp loving person he is married her at camp in New York. The Hudnall family will welcome their second child, a boy, in April. They truly believe that camp is the best place to raise a healthy, happy family.
As 2015 marks Dave’s tenth year in the camping industry he is excited to return to Dream Day on Cape Cod as their full time Camp Director. He was the seasonal Camp Director for the summers of 2010 and 2011. Dave spent several years during his early childhood in and out of the hospital due to a condition known as Pectus Excavatum which required several surgeries. Because of this Dave knows what a treasure Dream Day is for our campers and their families. He is eager to grow the camp’s program offerings, get to know the families, and provide “a ray of sunshine” to all of our campers.
We are thrilled to have Dave and the entire Hudnall family. Such great things ahead for Dream Day!

Week THREE – United Way Cape & Islands Week

Week three of Dream Day was the annual Cape Cod Day Camp Week. We hosted five separate groups from the local area. Each group brought dozens of children at a time, all with smiles on their faces as they got to enjoy a break from their usual schedule. 
The campers were showed around Rafe Pond. Many fish were caught, along with Urtle, unfortunately. When our snapping turtle gets caught on the line, it can be frightening, but as always, the campers were calm and the counselors handled the situation with grace. Some visitors even got the chance to go canoeing for the first time. The breezy conditions added for a refreshing cruise on the pond. 
Up at arts and crafts was “Pet Rock” making. With beautiful exemplars from a camp volunteer, it was easy for the kids to paint the rocks in a creative fashion. Googly eyes were then glued on to really make the pet rocks come alive. At the end of the activity, every camper left with a new friend to play with. 
The last activity the campers got to enjoy was archery. They were able to use our handmade crossbow stand to shoot at the target. The stand makes it much easier for children with disabilities to be a part of something they wouldn’t normally be able to do. A lot of the enjoyment came from when the kids realized they were doing a sport they had only seen in the movies. All of the campers smiled when the counselors called them Katniss Everdeen or Merida. 
We would like to give so many thank you’s to Cape Cod Collaborative, the Cape Cod Challenger Group, Monomoy Schools, Nauset Schools, and the Latham Group for making day camp week so enjoyable. And to the United Way of Cape & Islands for sponsoring the week! It was wonderful to see the local families and children being able to be a part of Dream Day. This Sunday we are back in the routine bringing in another eight families for a week of fun! 

Summer is in the Air!

Families are confirmed. Our waitlist is growing. Staff are making plans to head to Brewster at month’s end for orientation. If we close our eyes, we can almost smell the campfire! Soon enough, twelve staffers will come together and start creating the summer 2014 program during their orientation and training week! Shortly thereafter, eight families with eight entirely different stories, will arrive at Nan-Ke-Rafe. We’ll show them to their cabin and direct them to the bathhouse. We’ll give them an activity schedule and tell them about meal times. And those of us that have been at camp for a while will smile in a knowing way. Families may not know it, nor do new staffers – but what is about to unfold in coming days at camp is nothing short of magical! We’ll kayak and canoe. We’ll fish and sing silly songs. Whale watches and baseball games – beach and pond trips – a little tie-dye thrown in for good measure. Simple family fun. Friendships will be forged among the most unlikely. Collectively, we breathe a little deeper, smile a little wider, and feel a little lighter. 

And then, we do it again. And again. And again – refreshing with 8 new families each week until mid-August.  We can’t wait. 

Until then, the incredible amount of work that has been done by our loyal volunteers is unprecedented and must be acknowledged. Since late winter, volunteers have worked tirelessly and continue to work to prepare the facility. 

A grassroots nonprofit like Dream Day relies on volunteer support. And twenty years of successful operation has everything to do with our committed Board members, our volunteer facilities workers, our event volunteers, and our camp volunteers. Thousands and thousands of hours have been logged over the years on Dream Day’s behalf: giving hearts giving forward. 

Today we recognize those we GET to serve and those who make it possible FOR us to serve.