Boulder County Seeking Donors for Kids’ Summer Camp Enrollment

Friday, May 09, 2014

County hopes to enroll over 200 children and teens

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is seeking donors to help over 200 children and teens in the child welfare system spend time at summer camp this year. With camp registrations taking place now, donors are needed immediately.

“Every year, children and teens in Boulder County who could benefit from a summer camp experience aren’t able to go,” said Deborah Ramirez, Volunteer Coordinator for the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS). “Many of these kids are in challenging situations and really need a boost from positive activities and quality time with their peers.”

BCDHHS’ Family and Children Services Division has overseen the Summer Camp Fund since it was created in 1994. It’s one of several such funds that work together to help give kids the camp experience. Over the past three summers alone, 128 kids have attended camps across Colorado because of the Summer Camp Fund alone, which covers up to $250 in tuition for child welfare-involved young people whose families or caregivers can’t afford these costs.

“My grandson is a great kid who has suffered too much in his life, and I’m just trying to give him every opportunity so he knows we are here for him,” said “Mary”, a kinship provider caring for her grandson. She recently applied for assistance through the Summer Camp Fund. “I know he would have a great time hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking, but the things I think he’ll benefit from most are the confidence boost, the opportunity to work as part of a team, and learning about how his choices affect others. I want him to listen to his heart and have pride in himself and his choices.”

Many children in the child welfare system are being raised by grandparents and other relatives with limited income, or are living in foster care. Others have disabilities and special needs. Summer camp helps expose these youngsters to positive new activities, keeps them engaged in existing interests, and gives siblings living in separate placements quality time together. Research (including Turner et al., 2007) suggests that such positive activities help young people develop healthy relationships with other youth and adults and help build stronger family connections. These activities also promote a well-rounded confidence that can help kids make better choices for themselves as they grow older.

“The summer camp experience is something every young person should have,” says Deborah Ramirez. “We’re hopeful more of our neighbors will step forward to help make that possible for more of Boulder County’s kids.” 

Those interested in donating to the Summer Camp Fund are encouraged to contact Deborah Ramirez at 303-441-1430 or dramirez@bouldercounty.org.


Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist
gboerkircher@bouldercounty.org
303-441-3399


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