Giving back to communities is a SCI value.  SafariCare Blue Bags are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of schoolchildren or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys.  The Blue Bag is taken to remote areas of the world by hunters who have planned hunts in these regions. The supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, orphanages and schools, doctors, caretakers and teachers to use with people in need.  SCI and SCIF, like so many organizations, put forth enormous effort each year to help improve the quality of life throughout the world.

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Rio Negro River Brazil on the Amazon

On a recent peacock bass fishing trip to the Amazon bought at the SCI Lake Superior Chapter Banquet with Captain Peacock Yachts and Expeditions Scott Beckel, a Mayo Clinic employee from Rochester, Minnesota took four SCI Foundation Safari Care bags. Another name is “Blue Bag”. Scott said, “Not only was the fishing fantastic, accommodations and food were first class and the guides were top notch. The experience of spending 7 days on the Rio Negro on a boa was one of our most memorable trips.”

He said he forgets how nice we have it living in the USA.  He describes this trip as his 7th once in a life time trip purchased at a SCI Banquet.   On previous trips he haphazardly had taken things to give away. This time, he thought he should be able to put something together more organized and planned. So, after trying to figure it out he sent an email to SCI about Safari Care Blue Bags. SCI Foundation staff responded with helpful information and suggestions.

He and Julie started to accumulate items for the Bag. In talking with people he said the idea began to grow. It went from bringing a few items to three and then four Bags. He was amazed with the willingness and enthusiasm from everyone helping with funds, obtaining items and recruiting several Mayo Clinic colleagues to pack 25 individual one gallon zip lock bags with 32 family items in each. Everything from tooth brushes donated by a family dentist, combs, manicure sets, rope, thermometers, band aids, ointment, flashlight, sewing kits, spools of fish line, treble hooks, lighters, rolls of electric tape, small knives, wash cloths and a small tablet. That was only one bag.

The other bags were filled with Frisbees, soccer balls, pumps, crayons, candy, note pads, hats, filet knives, multi-tools, and much more.

Scott advises that if you are planning a trip, the work it takes to put the blue bag together will be paid back to you tenfold from the excitement of getting others involved in planning, and assembling and packing. The smiles on the faces of the people in the villages, young and old, proved to him the true reason why he put this all together. It was heartwarming.  The guys on the boat helped. They all thanked him several times for including them in this very humbling experience. Scott said he wishes everyone involved could have experienced this extremely moving feeling.

For more information about “Blue Bag” and other SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services Programs, contact Karen Crehan, Program Coordinator at or call 1-520-620-1220 ext. 231.

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SafarCare “Blue Bag” Guidelines