RGP: Ryan Giannini Park
The importance of an outbound experience resonates with anyone who has ever attended summer camp, regardless of sponsorship. There is something magical about spending overnight in the woods. RGP provides that opportunity, even for those who might be too handicapped to sleep directly under the stars.
Ryan Giannini Park (RGP) is named after one of the Chalfonte community's most stalwart members, who died August, 2002, at age 20, due to complications from a rare disease called Gorham's Syndrome, or Vanishing Bone Disease. Consisting of twelve acres of meadow and woodlands, the park is located ten miles north of the Port of Elk Rapids, Michigan.
RGP is home to two rustic cabins: The Sheldon Shelter, named for another hero, Josh Sheldon, who died November 3, 2002, at age 25 while awaiting a double-lung transplant to prolong his life with cystic fibrosis, and the Kevin Kaban, named for a diminutive and playful CFer who died at age 11 in 1978.
Many other "angels" continue to make this park possible. The Colasanti Trail meanders from the road to the cabins in the woods. Scott Brinkman, who holds a degree in forestry, directed creation of a campfire ring during the summer of 2002. It was at this site that Ryan enjoyed his last night at Chalfonte with his friends, six days before his death.