Camp Snoops In Action

As part of the Camp Snoops mission to help students learn about Memorial and Veterans Day, we support the Stars for our Troops organization. This Spring, Our Lady of Victory students in Cathy Menefee’s 2nd Grade Classroom helped to create star packs to be given to veterans as a ‘thank you’ for his or her service. A copy of the text that is in the packet with a star from retired American flags can be seen on out ‘Camp Snoops in Action’ page. Thank you, OLV!






In addition to promoting Memorial and Veterans Day education in schools, the Camp Snoops Project is proud to support veterans when we can.

Thank you to the family of Cpl Clyde S.Shippe, USMC who was kind enough to donate a custom made motorized wheel chair and medical bed after Cpl Shippe passed away in the fall.

During numerous emails and conversations between Camp Snoops and friends of Matt’s mom, Julie, the DAV Chapter 13 found a worthy recipient for both items.

We are so happy to be able to advance our mission in LCpl Matt Snyder’s name! Both bed and wheelchair will have a metal plaque attached, courtesy of the DAV, which will remember Cpl Clyde Shippe and LCpl Matt Snyder to all who benefit from this equipment in the future.



Cpl. John Francis, USMC (Matt's Grandfather), Col. Lou Schott, Jane Shippe (wife of Cpl. Shippe) and Cpl. Shippe's daughter, Kathy (seated) gathered to turn over Cpl. Shippe's wheelchair to the LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project to be delivered to a veteran who could use the custom-made wheelchair. A medical bed was also donated by the Shippe family to help veterans through the project.

On Saturday, September 20th, the LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project kicked off its fundraising efforts with a Chili BBQ.

Thank you to our many sponsors, it was a great day, a life celebration, the continuation of a legacy in Matt’s name.

Thank you to the many friends, family and new friends that attended and made it a successful, beautiful day.

Camp Snoops was also able to present the Maryland Patriot Guard Riders a check for $250.00 to be used at Walter Reed through its Help on the Homefront mission which assists the veteran patients.

Ann and Ted Nettles of the PGR were on hand to celebrate the day and receive the check on behalf of the PGR.

Thank you to our COUNTLESS Family and Friends who contributed before, during and after our event.

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Please remember our business sponsors• AMERICAN LEGION POST #31 & Ladies Auxiliary
• Maryland Chapter 1st Marine Division,
* APEX GROUNDS MANAGEMENT, INC,
* BALTIMORE RAVENS
• BALTIMORE ORIOLES,
* BARCELONA NUT COMPANY
• BLOSSOM & BASKET BOUTIQUE
• BUFFALO WILD WINGS WESTMINSTER
• TINA C BUCK-COOKIE LEE
• PAUL BUCK-EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS
• CONTRACTING RESOURCES GROUP
• CROOKED CREEK GRILLERS
• CORROPOLESE ITALIAN DELI
• CATONSVILLE HOMES
• CHARLES A KLEIN & SONS, INC
• CARROLL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
• DANIELS OPEN AIR BARS
• DIXIE CHICKEN
• DOUBLE T DINER CATONSVILLE
• FLOWERS BY EVELYN
• GRATEFUL SOUL DESIGNS
• GREENE TURTLE WESTMINSTER
• GREG HARRISON PIT BEEF
• GENE D’AMICO PEST CONTROL
• KOUNTRY KAFE & KATERING
• DR. DAVID MCSURDY
• MISSION BARBEQUE GLEN BURNIE
• MT. ST. JOSEPH ALUMNI
• OAKDALE PHARMACY
• MARIO PALUMBO (MARIO MULTIMEDIA WEB DESIGN)
• PRITTS FUNERAL HOME
• RESIDENTIAL TITLE & ESCROW
• STEAM POWERED ORCHESTRA
• SUSQUEHANNA BANK,
* CHARLES STROMBERG CPA
• TOM STURGIS PRETZELS
• TEXAS ROADHOUSE WESTMINSTER
• TROPIC THUNDER BAR & GRILL
• UTZ SNACKS


Some of the raffles which were donated and on display throughout the day for people to win included wine and liquor baskets, paintings, Ravens and Mt. St. Joe High School theme baskets, Daniels and Tropic Thunder T-shirts and handcarved USMC plaques by family friend and Marine Corps veteran Mac McGuinness.


The LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project presented a check for $250.00 to Ann and Ted Nettles, representatives of the Maryland Patriot Guard who will use the funding to assist wounded veterans at Walter Reed as a part of Help on the Homefront.


Nestor Escobar (California), Julie Francis (Matt’s Mom), David Tortora and Rich Weichman (New Jersey). These Marines knew and served with Matt in Iraq and traveled to be a part of the kickoff fundraiser!

Vets for Vets Facilities Director Clyde Hoch and Resident Sean Hart, both veterans, gratefully accepted donations of snack supplies (potato chips, pretzels and peanuts) from the newly launched LCpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project for the residents who live at the Pennsburg, PA veterans home.


The donations were leftover from the fundraiser, thanks to our generous donors UTZ Snacks, Tom Sturgis Pretzels and Barcelona Nuts.

Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night

On Tuesday, September 30th, Buffalo Wild Wings in Westminster sponsored a Spirit Night for The LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project. A portion of the proceeds from food sales for the evening was donated to Camp Snoops to help the project continue the mission of Veterans Day/Memorial Day education in schools and to help veterans as needed. It was a packed crowd and a wonderful evening. Thank you, Buffalo Wild Wings!



From left to right, Steve Barnett (Matt’s good friend), Tracie (Matt’s Sister) and Jenn Eckard, Marketing Manager Buffalo Wild Wings




Longtime family friends, Carol Lahner and her family enjoyed the BWW Spirit Night..good food and fun



BWW Marketing Manager Jenn Eckard, center, with Matt’s Aunt Cathy, Mom Julie, Sister Tracie and Grandfather John Francis


On May 23, 2014, St. Mary Grade School in Schwenksville, PA held its eighth annual Memorial Day Remembrance. Inspired by Matt, his maternal family introduced the idea of Memorial Day education and honoring area veterans after Matt was killed in Iraq serving his fellow Marines. This event triggered similar programs at area schools and retirement communities. The LCpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project made a monetary donation to help produce this educational program and veteran luncheon which also includes coffee and donuts in the morning, prior to a Memorial Mass and flag raising. This event is hosted by the St. Mary Home and School Association.



The LCpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project helps to promote everyday gratitude to our veterans by putting together small packets which include stars cut from the blue of embroidered American flags and a note expressing appreciation and remembrance of service to our country. This project was continued at a local business, when a Camp Snoops volunteer was given a star. Now, as veterans come in to the vendor and it is discovered he or she served in our military, a star is presented with thanks. You can do this too. It is a great project to help educate students! www.starsforourtroops.org

On May 21, 2014, the Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, PA held its third annual Memorial Day Remembrance. This event was started by Matt’s cousin, Catie Jane, who was involved in the original Memorial Day events at her grade school and introduced the idea to her high school. In addition to the Memorial Day Prayer Service, the school welcomed area veterans and also dedicated the newly installed American flagpole. The LCpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project donated the wreath, which was presented in memory of all those service men and women who have given their lives on the field of battle and veterans who have died.



On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the LCpl. Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project will host its kickoff fundraiser with a Chili BBQ and Raffle. The event will be open to the public and tickets are $20.00 per person. The menu includes Chili, Pork and Beef BBQ, Baked Beans, Salad, Dessert, Rolls, Soda, Beer and Wine. Live Music, Cash Bar, Raffles and a Money Wheel, too! Proceeds will benefit the mission of the project in Matt’s name.


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