Each year Camp Fire provides scholarships (or “camperships”) to cover the costs of our summer camp experiences for deserving youth in our community. And…we’re now out of funds. But there are still youth on our waiting list! We need your help to move them off the waiting list and into the outdoors in a safe, structured environment.

In a phenomenon known as summer learning loss, students often lose academic progress they made throughout the school year during their summer break. As a result, they start the next year considerably behind where they were at the beginning of the summer. This effect is most pronounced in low-income children, as they have little to no access to summer learning experiences (like Camp Fire!) that seek to bridge this gap. To this end, Camp Fire Heartland provides scholarship funds so low-income children right here in Kansas City can have these great experiences.

Each week of summer camp is not only fun but also based on a science theme that ties what children are learning directly to the environment around them. Weekly themes include great topics like Crime Scene Investigation, Mad Science, Splash Camp, Animal Lovers, and more! In addition to fun and healthy summer camp experiences like archery, fire building, and hiking, many weeks include service projects and field trips to nature and science sites and activities right in our own neighborhoods. With experiences like these, instead of starting the new school year having lost much of what was learned the year before, our campers are instead enthusiastic and ready to learn.

Any amount given will go directly to providing scholarships for kids who would not otherwise have the chance to go to camp at all. For every $190 raised, one or more kids are able to exchange a week of losing ground for a week of interactive fun, exploration, and learning in the natural world. Join us by donating now! With your continued support, we will reach out to even more children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in quality summer learning experiences.

Thanks for all you do to help Camp Fire Kids!