Camp About Face Day at the National Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, March 3, 2012 was declared “Camp About Face Day” at the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana. Camp About Face is a week-long summer camp for children with craniofacial conditions sponsored by the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Riley at IU Health. The National Maple Syrup Festival benefits Camp About Face through its association with the Heads Up Foundation, an organization which supports children and families affected by craniofacial anomalies.

Campers, families, and camp volunteers were honored guests of the festival, but the kids pitched in and volunteered. Campers served as tour guides for the festival and staffed a Camp About Face exhibit. The campers designed and sold craniofacial awareness t-shirts, sweatshirts, wristbands, and magnets at the festival, with all proceeds benefitting Camp About Face.

The National Maple Syrup festival takes place the first two weekends of March each year during maple-tapping season. The festival was established by Tim and Angie Burton to benefit the Heads Up Foundation, with all profits earmarked for Camp About Face.

The festival continues this weekend, March 10-11, 2012. Parking is available at the Medora Community School where you will find live music and activities such as the Sweet Victory Challenge maple syrup competition. From the school visitors take a shuttle to the Burton’s Maplewood Farm where there will be additional activities and entertainment including a children’s area, a chance to witness maple syrup production first-hand , old west re-enactors, and demonstrations.

Additional information is available at the National Maple Syrup Festival. 

Trish Severns, MA

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Trish is the Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator for Riley at IU Health. She is active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association where she serves on the Cleft Palate Foundation Leadership Award Committee.

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