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11th Annual Blue Water Bash – A “Splashing” Success

More than 250 guests attended the 11th Annual Blue Water Bash, held on July 30, at the Boys Town Okoboji Camp.  This year's event was a “splashing" success, raising more than $200,000 to be used for winterizing the camp for year-round fun.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful, summer evening with delicious food, live and silent auctions and remarks from the event chairs, Jamin and Scott Trautman. Residents of the Skartvedt Family Home offered stories about what makes summers at Okoboji so special and Boys Town Vice Mayor, Megan, shared the story of her life-changing journey at Boys Town.


Born in Ethiopia and adopted at age 4 by an American family, Megan found the transition to a first world country to be difficult. Her adoptive parents also were not prepared to help her to process the childhood trauma that she had experienced.  Megan said, “From an early age, my definition of family included the words 'dysfunctional' and 'chaotic'."

Megan arrived at Boys Town in 2016, at age 11, as “a scared and malnourished 6th grader with no place to call home," she said, “I had no clue of the world I would gain, by losing the only one I knew, to come to Boys Town."

“I had my doubts, but eventually I was able to realize that I was a part of something much larger than myself. Boys Town has restored and revived me and taught me how to love again," said Megan. “My testimony is one of millions. Boys Town accepts us as we are. However broken, battered or bruised we may be, Boys Town is the home you can always return to. I am honored and humbled to be a part of the movement that aims to restore, revive and teach love nationally."

Megan's compelling story made the Blue Water Bash truly meaningful for all the guests, who later celebrated the evening with dancing and entertainment by B2wins and DJ Ness, and lakeside views of the Arnold's Park fireworks show.

Boys Town extends a heart-felt thank you to all the gracious donors and sponsors who contributed to this year's event. Your generous support affords our youth and families the opportunity to experience the memory-making joy of a safe and memorable family vacation.

If you were unable to attend and would like to learn more about the Blue Water Bash or donate, it's not too late. Visit Our supporters and donors help to fund camp expenses, including food, supplies, upgrades and equipment. But there are many other ways you can support Boys Town, including sharing your time and talents. To learn more, please reach out to