2018 BSI Camp Auction Campaign Kick-Off

Brooklyn School of Inquiry’s 8th Annual SUMMER CAMP AUCTION will take place online from March 2 through March 11, 2018 and feature many popular day camps, sleep-away camps and kid activities. Last year, our camp auction raised $17,000 toward funding Teacher’s Assistants and enrichments at BSI.

This is your chance to get ahead of summer plans by bidding on a variety of camps and enrichment classes. It’s also a chance to raise money for our school from families outside of BSI (so be sure to tell your friends!).

Wondering what kind of camps will be on the block? Here’s a sneak peek: A full summer at Mill Basin Day Camp, one of Brooklyn’s most popular camps, complete with waterslides and arcade. We still need many more camp donations. Can you please take 5-10 minutes to reach out to a favorite camp or class in your neighborhood on our behalf? The deadline for submissions is February 24. 

Here’s all you have to do:

STEP 1: Claim a camp. Put your name in the BSI Contact 2018 column on our donation grid. You are now the main BSI contact for this company. If questions come up, just email auction@bsipto.org. New camps and companies are welcome! Add them to the grid.

STEP 2: Reach out to the camp via email, phone, or in person (we’ve included a sample email below)

STEP 3: Once you have confirmation of a donation, either you or the camp must input the auction items using our Online Donation Submission Form. This is where descriptions and restrictions (e.g. “first time families only”) are noted. Then please go back to the donation grid in STEP 1 and fill out columns E & F. Haven’t heard back? Follow up in a week. If a camp declines, simply note that in column E.

Please help us make this auction a big success! For all questions, please email auction@bsipto.org.

Thanks in advance!



Subject: Please support our public school BSI


My child attends PS/IS 686, The Brooklyn School of Inquiry. We are a public NYC K-8 school with families from all over Brooklyn and beyond. Our popular online summer camp auction runs the first two weeks in March and we’re seeking donations. Bidding is open to anyone so the auction is promoted far and wide. All of the money we raise goes back into the school and supports programs such as chess, art, music, dance, science, media literacy, teacher’s assistants, and more.

Would you participate? The BSI PTO is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible. We’d be happy to include a “new families only” restriction.

Are you in? Submit your donation online here: Online Donation Submission Form

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.




Brooklyn School of Inquiry is a public NYC K-8 school. The money we raise from our auction goes back into the school and supports programs such as chess, art, music, dance, science, media literacy, teacher’s assistants, and more.