As a little girl, Wendy remembers the fun she had at summer camp. She learned how to swim, and enjoyed hiking, outdoor sports, and campfire songs. But more importantly she learned what it was like to be independent. Our goal is to expose girls, ages 10-15, to the great outdoors and to the joys of residential camping, sparking a positive and memorable experience that last a life time.
The Hunter Foundation residential campership program is 2 weeks of fun and high-quality enrichment for girls from low income neighborhood. We work with non-profit community-based organizations that qualify and refer girls who come from families that cannot afford to send their girl to camp.
When people think of camp, they think of fun. But that is not what camp’s about. What’s really important, and the value of the experience, is what children learn. Sure, camp is fun. But we shouldn’t dismiss the value of the experience because it’s fun. Child experts believe that ” Camp is very fulfilling on a personal level. It creates an environment where every child can feel valued for their contribution.”
Our campers learn not only about themselves, but also about relating and interacting successfully with their peers. They become self-reliant and, at the same time, learn to work as part of a team, whether it is sharing cabin clean-up or supporting one another on a high-ropes course. Summer camp is a self-contained community where you must work together with others to achieve anything. Everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. They learn social skills
Camp is the perfect place for girls to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new direction.
When kids unplug from technology and take a break from TV, cell phones and the internet, they discover their creative powers and engage the real world.
From a practical standpoint, camp should also be seen as a health benefit to a society concerned about child obesity. The best way to encourage activity in children is to send them outdoors. At summer camp, children are almost always outside and in motion.
Camps is a place where children are celebrated and find the freedom and confidence to be their true selves.
See some of our survey results below:
- 96% of kids said that camp helped them make new friends
- 92% of kids said the people at camp made them feel good about themselves
- 70% of parents said that their child gained self-confidence at camp