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The Press Telegram Send-a-Kid-to-Camp campaign, launched in 1999, has resulted in hundreds of children reveling in the unique experience of attending a week-long summer camp. For many of these young people, the camping experience is life-changing. The mountain camps are run by the agencies we call the Big Five:  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Fire USA, and YMCA.

Most of the kids who benefit from camp scholarships come from city neighborhoods where drugs and crime proliferate, and where it is often too dangerous for them to go outside to play after school or on warm summer days. In many cases they are growing up in families where there is only one parent; sometimes even no parents.

Your donation can help provide a child the opportunity to escape this environment for a week-long experience at a mountain camp where the air is fresh, the night sounds are crickets and birds rather than gunfire and sirens, and the opportunities to make new friends abound.

The children who receive camp scholarships can’t afford the summer camp experience and without your help, may never paddle a canoe, ride a horse, or camp under the stars. Most children go home from camp with positive, expanded attitudes, improved social skills, self-esteem, and new friendships. Over the years, your contributions have sent hundreds of kids to camp. You can read more about the organization in this Press-Telegram article.

Thank you for your contribution–whatever amount you can donate will make an immediate and lasting impact on a child this summer!

Campaigns We’ve Completed This Year
Pathways Volunteer Hospice, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing service to the frail, elderly, terminally ill and providing compassionate support to grieving families.
NAACP, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminating race based discrimination.
Xela Aid, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan families in Guatemala break the cycle of poverty and prosper, and bringing a new Montessori school to the children.
Companies have donated money, personal checks have been written, and many heroes have emerged. Your generosity has overwhelmed us and inspired us to continue. Thank you for sharing your abundance…it will surely grow!