Every summer since 1992, the Summertime Kids program has helped more than 1,000 youth have life-changing summer experiences. Many of these youth are from low income families and underserved communities. All donations benefit recreational, enrichment, and mentoring activities for youth in summer camps that are offered by local nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other community groups.
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Cumberland Community Foundation currently supports seventeen exceptional programs.
- Autism Society of Cumberland County – Camp Sunshine Summer Developmental Day Program: Five-week program for autistic students aged 3-21 with all levels of functioning. The camp offers a continuum of educational, social, art, recreation and life skill opportunities.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Cumberland County- Summer Discovery Program – Campers in the full day program will have activities in the areas of education and career development, character and leadership development, health and fitness, recreation and the arts. Campers will learn socially appropriate behaviors and become positive role models. The program is for ages 5 – 18, Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 6pm at two sites (Rochester Unit and Spring Lake Unit). The campers will be fed a lunch and dinner.
- Cape Fear Regional Theatre- Summer Drama Camps: While serving young people from 6-19 years old, CFRT’s Summer Drama Camps provide an immersive experience into the world of theatre. Through the performing arts, a variety of skills are encouraged and reinforced including: creativity, empathy, communication and collaboration.
- Cape Fear Studios – Summer Youth Art Program: Provides children the opportunity to express themselves through art. They will learn techniques for creating art projects, learn about the subject matter, and receive take home art project suggestions after camp ends. This camp is an educational outreach project and no fees will be charged to children attending the camp.
- Clark Park Nature Center, Lake Rim Park, and Mazarick Park – Summer Camps (Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation): Children ages 5-13 years old are exposed to nature and outdoor recreation activities such as archery, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and geocaching. The participants gain a deeper understanding of the natural world while making new friends, buidling self-confidence, and enjoying the outdoors.
- Communities United for Youth Development – Summer Fun-Program for community youth for students in grades kindergarten to twelfth grade. Students are involved in STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Camp activities include field trips to increase student awareness in those areas. Students are also encouraged to read more and to become more physically active.
- Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers – Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Camp: Open to rising 4th and 5th grade students that are selected by the Schools Guidance Counselor. The Camp is run solely by the School Resource Officers with a focus on team building, problem solving and conflict resolution without using violence. Campers also take trips to go skating, fishing, and to museums in the area.
- Ellington-White – The Discovering the Arts Summer Program: In collaboration with the Fayetteville State University Art Education Department, this camp is designed to provide cultural arts exposure activities to young people living in underserved communities, group homes, and home schooled populations. The program incorporates visual arts and crafts, dance, theater, art exhibitions, field trips, social development games and intergenerational mentoring. Instruction provided by professional artists, Cumberland County Schools art educators and college and university visual and performing arts professors.
- Fayetteville Flyers Youth Track Club – Fayetteville Summer Track: Summer track program for children aged 5-18 with limited opportunities to participate in recreational sports. The program incorporates physical training, nutritional guidance and mentorship to enhance the summertime experience for our athletes.
- Fayetteville Urban Ministry – Find-A-Friend Summer Achievement Camp: Each summer FAF runs its summer camps from June-August for all youth that have excelled and improved behavior since their enrollment in the program. These camps are about exposing the youth to educational, personal enrichment, and diversification experiences and activities. The FAF staff and volunteers take youth on trips to the Asheboro, NC Zoo, Ft. Fisher Aquarium of Wilmington, NC, Exploris Museum of Raleigh, NC, Emerald Point of Greensboro, NC and the Planetarium, to name a few. Other activities include swimming, ice and roller skating, rock climbing, fishing, clay molding, cooking and visiting theatres, museums and historical sites. Youth also participate in daily team building, character development, and intellectual stimulation exercises. The biggest and most traditional incentive for the FAF program is the annual Myrtle Beach trip. All youth that qualify for this trip show marked improvement in their academic record and behavior during their tenure in the program.
- Great Oak Youth Development Centers – Summer Leadership and Skills Academy 2017: For 2017, Great Oak will conduct two camps as follows:
- Community Service Learning Camp: 15-20 boys undertake two cleanup sites that are previously coordinated by the Fayetteville Police Department and Great Oak. These sites are the residences of senior citizens inside the Fayetteville city limits. Boys are organized into teams to tackle two days of work at each residence. The 5th day is set aside for an offsite trip where the boys can observe and learn the value of community service and teamwork. Great Oak has conducted two previous Community Service Learning camps.
- Math Camp: Approximately 15 boys will be invited to participate in math (the fun way). This camp also serves to reinforce previous math skills and prepare boys for advance math skills. The camp includes a field trip involving the use of applied math skills to everyday life.
- Groundswell Pictures – Shooting Stars Film Camp: This fun-filled summer camp will not only teach the basics of film making, but will also teach the power of film to create social change. Creating films and digital media will give the campers the chance to take on the various roles both in front and behind the camera. Campers use professional gear and are taught by filmmakers in small groups. They learn storyboarding, scripting, studio and location production, editing AND on-camera methods. Most importantly they learn the value of teamwork while having fun.
- Moore Street Foundation – Adventure Zone Summer Reading Camp+: A motivational free 3-week learning camp full of fun and adventure for children K-6. Our camp places emphasis on reading and writing comprehension skills while still encouraging physical activity and promoting physical awareness. Recreational activity, field trips and class time at AZSRC+ build self esteem and character. Our goal is to enhance our children’s potential and turn that into productivity.
- Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex – The camp engages children in life-enriching activities that teach about the past and its influence on the present. They will learn about the various lifestyles of people throughout history and realize the connection between their lives and those who lived before them. Campers will also learn about history museums and the purposes they serve in society.
- Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center – Camp Rockfish: Small group dynamic camping model allows for each camper to experience a variety of outdoor living activities and environmental education while building a positive relationship with other campers and staff.
- Salvation Army- Kids 2 Kamp Enrichment Program: Participants are able to take part in fitness and recreational activities, arts and crafts, field trips (local and long distance) to parks, museums, the library, movies, skating, and bowling. Campers are given the opportunity to socialize and interact with their peers, develop new skills or abilities and improve on those they already possess. Campers are in a safe environment where they will be supervised by trained and educated individuals to provide an enjoyable and encouraging setting for all. Our program is for ages 5-12 and runs from June 12th – August 25th, 2017, M-F, 7:45am – 6pm. Campers are fed lunch and snack daily.
- St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center – St. Ann Summer Fun: The Day Camp provides educational, artistic and recreational activities for children in grades 2-5 and teen volunteers. In addition to participating in some traditional camp experiences and field trips, children will be participating in a variety of art experiences such as creating art, appreciating music and singing songs and exploring drama. Students participating are primarily from the downtown area public schools and have participated in the tutoring program at St. Ann during the school year. For the last 10 years, 6 – 8 slots have been open for deaf and hard of hearing elementary age students. Volunteer interpreters for the deaf will be on site and all campers will learn some basic sign language during their time at camp.
- Vision Resource Center – Out of Sight Camp: This camp engages visually impaired children in outdoor recreational activities, theatre and opportunities for socialization.