Camp Fire Summer Camp 2016
EVENT DATE: May 31, 2016
Help us reach $10,000 by May 31 to send 35 kids to camp!
At Camp Fire, we believe that both education and the natural world are resources to which all should have access. Both of these elements are key in the development of children's minds, and we can't afford to withhold them from children who need them most. In a phenomenon known as summer learning loss, students often lose academic progress and much of what they learned during the course of 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. Furthermore, low-income children are more prone to the indoors, not getting environmental-based, outdoor education that is critical to any child’s development. Environmental-based education and exposure to nature host a variety of benefits for children and youth including increasing fitness levels, increasing levels of Vitamin D, reducing ADHD symptoms, and higher scores on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening. Being outdoors is proven to lower children’s stress levels within minutes of seeing green spaces, enhancing social interactions, and valuing service to community and close relationships. To this end, Camp Fire Central Texas is raising funds to offer camp scholarships to low-income children right here in Austin.
With $10,000, 35 kids will be able to exchange a week of losing ground during the summer for a week of interactive fun, exploration, and learning in the natural world. Join us by donating, or start a fundraiser to get your friends and family in on the fun! With support from friends like you, Camp Fire has engaged over 9,300 children in the past five years alone. 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 for another 50 years in Central Texas!
We are also excited to be able to offer incentives to reward you for your generosity. At each of the various levels of giving, you will receive the gift listed below:
$0-$49 Your name listed in our annual report for 2015-2016.
$50-$249 All of the above, plus your name listed on our website.
$250-$499 All of the above, plus a complimentary Camp Fire Sticker and hand-written note from Camp Fire.
$500-$749 All of the above, plus a complimentary Camp Fire shirt and tote bag.
$750-$999 All of the above, plus your name on event materials and signs at the Camp Fire 50th Anniversary Event on May 22nd.
$1,000+ All of the above, plus an exclusive site visit to the Camp Fire Summer Camp to see the work that you've contributed to.
Thanks for all you do to help Camp Fire Kids, and happy giving!