Shannon Chesnos memorial
In 2008, Frank and Kathie Chesnos established a scholarship fund in memory of their daughter, Shannon. This fund was established in memory of Shannon upon her wishes to help create wonderful memories for children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert program. She wanted the "Littles" to experience the joys and thrills of attending summer camp. Shannon watched her own father become a Big Brother to a young boy named Shane and witnessed the impact that mentoring could make on a child.
Annually, "Littles" in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert's program are invited to apply for a camp scholarship to attend a summer camp program of their choice. Some of the camps that our "Littles" have attended thanks to the Shannon Chesnos Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund include: Pathfinder Ranch, Camp Oakes, YMCA Surf Camp, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Camps and Church Camps.
This Fund also sponsors the annual group camping trip for Bigs and Littles and the annual Big Little Holiday party.
The annual overnight experience provides great memories for the Bigs and Littles in the program.The group will camp out at Lake Hemet and enjoy a day of fishing, hiking, and playing games and an evening spent singing around the campfire, telling stories and jokes and eating S'Mores.
The annual Big Little Holiday party is the largest annual event for our matches. Santa give each Little a holiday gift. The matches enjoy making theri own ice cream sundaes, doing arts & crafts projects, playing video games and decorating cookies.
Camp Scholarship Eligibility:
- Must be a "Little" in good standing with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert
- Must complete the application form and submit it to BBBSD before the deadline
- Must report back to BBBSD on the camp experience that you had thanks to this scholarship
For further information on the Shannon Chesnos Camp Scholarship program, please contact your Match Support Specialist.