All proceeds from this event are donated back to several charities. The charities are chosen by 8th grade students who apply for our Adventure Scholarship. The Adventure Scholarship takes place in the Adirondacks of NY state. 14-16 students from the Central NY area and Sandy Hook, CT area go on a 10 day, 80 mile canoe trip. They camp, hike and canoe totally “unplugged” for the entire time.

Here are the recipients of monies raised thus far: Warriors for Warriors, Big Brothers Big Sisters,  Danbury Grassroots Academy, John Sherman Hoyt Scout Reservation, Sandy Hook Promise, Charity for Children, Upstate Foundation, Pets for Vets, Lupus Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Spring Farm Cares, The Joseph’s Experience, Hearts of Hope, Wounded Warriors Project, Barton Hose F.D., EMS Global, Westmoreland F.D., Oriskany Falls F.D., COCVAC, Waterville Ambulance, Double H Ranch, Resiliency Center of Newtown, CNY Services, MUCC, Karing Kitchen, Danbury Youth Services, Newtown Youth & Family, Cross Catholic Outreach, Food Bank of CNY, St. Jude Research Hospital, CABVI, National Breast Cancer Association, Kelberman Center, Samaritan Health Services, The Barden Family, & The Center for Life & Recovery.

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The Daniel Barden Mudfest is organized and run entirely by volunteers.

  • JUST DO IT. We drove 4 hours and stayed over and it was one of the best moments of my year last year. An incredible experience to honor Daniel's life, to support the Bardens, and in the end to actually have a really great time!"

    Kathy Gilbert
  • Right when the first heat started, there were a couple of young girls behind me. I heard one of them say " Can you believe all of these people are here for our friend?" The one girl was Daniel's neighbor... Very touching moment."

    Kristen Rutledge
  • Already registered [for 2014] team is only my husband and I...we're coming from GA...celebrating out 10th Anniversary while celebrating Daniels life...we've never done anything like this before. Very excited!"

    Michelle Porter Wood
  • One of the best parts of the race was the camaraderie with complete strangers, everyone pulled together and was all smiles. There was a couple ladies that were around our group, one of which took a nice bath right in the beginning of the monkey bars, they were a blast. laughter the whole way."

    Bob Bridge

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