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Summertime Kids Grants Program

Summertime Kids Grants Program

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.

Cumberland Community Foundation selected nonprofit organizations as long time partners to provide these programs. At this time, no additional partners are being added. 

Cumberland Community Foundation currently supports eighteen exceptional programs.

  • Aquatics Swim Camp - City of Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks and Recreation

    FCPR Swim Camps focus on developing the four basic swimming strokes, promoting water safety, and providing a safe environment for fun and leisure. Youth swimmers will develop their skills while experiencing a highly social environment fostered by positive role models in the community. The camps include swim instruction, games, and safety skills. Each camp runs for 4 days with two camps running per week.

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Cumberland County- Summer Discovery Program

    Boys & Girls Club Summer Discovery Program Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The campers will take part in programs in the areas of Education & Career Development; Health & Life skills; Character & Leadership Development; Sports, Fitness & Recreation; and the Arts.

  • Cape Fear Botanical Garden Summer Camps

    Cape Fear Botanical Garden's summer camps instill a love for nature with outdoor explorations, science experiments, camp games, and art projects. Children ages 4-15 enjoy activities such as creating their own hiking sticks, digging for fossils, planting garden beds, or searching for tadpoles. This year the Garden will offer seven full weeks of summer camp. We will also offer a number of one day camps. Camp topics include STEAM Camp, Nature Art, Dinosaurs, and Animals around the World.

  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre-Summer Theatre Camps

    CFRT's Summer Theatre Camps provide local students ages 6-19 with dynamic performing arts opportunities. Every year, hundreds of students participate in Summer Theatre Camp to learn about theatre disciplines - from acting to music and dance - in preparation for live performances. In the process, they experience improvements in their reading and comprehension skills, public speaking, and collaboration, as well as their mental, social, and emotional wellbeing.

  • 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 primitive survival skills, archery, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and geocaching. The participants gain a deeper understanding of the natural world while making new friends, building self-confidence, science literacy and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Communities United for Youth Development – Camp Pay if Forward

    The Summer Fun Program is open for youth in grades first to twelfth. Students will experience activities centered around kindness, leadership, relationship building and social awareness. Activities will include a service project, social emotional learning awareness and team building activities. During camp we will focus on various acts of kindness and the importance of “paying it forward”. Field trips are a part of summer camp for fun activities and learning experiences.

  • Cumberland County Public Library – 2022 Summer Reading Program – Oceans of Possibilities

    The 2022 summer reading program theme, "Oceans of Possibilities," serves children from birth through Grade 5 and teens in grades 6 through 12 at public library locations. Through funding from the Cumberland Community Foundation, participants from partner camps also benefit as they receive a minimum of two age-appropriate books and a book bag to use during future library visits. The summer reading program encourages children and teens to read over the summer break to combat the summer slide.

  • Cumberland County Sheriff's Office-Youth Summer Camp

    Our summer camp is one week long Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Our camp is designed to help and teach kids with team building, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. We also take the kids on field trips to go fishing, skating and to the 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 State University-Astro Camp @ Fayetteville State University

    The FSU Astro Camp is for rising 7-12th grade students. We will be part of the NASA Astro Camp program and will focus on space exploration with our Rockets and Robots program. During this week-long camp we will learn how rockets work, build, and launch them. Students will direct robots to perform missions in a simulated lunar environment. Students will also explore space in the updated FSU Planetarium. Astro Camp is out of this world

  • Fayetteville Urban Ministry – Find-A-Friend Summer Achievement Camp

    Find-A-Friend Summer Achievement Camp is designed to expose youth 7-18 to educational, cultural, and recreational activities. This camp will allow youth to experience activities that will be a mixture of education and fun activities. Such activities field trips to the Zoo, Aquarium, the African American Museum, etc. Our Achievement Camp runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 6 weeks and the time of operation for our camp is from 7 am - 7 pm.

  • Greater Life of Fayetteville- "I Am YOU-nique"

    Since 2016, we have hosted a Five- week summer program for "at-risk" youth rising in grades 1st - 8th, struggling academically and demonstrating social behaviors throughout the school year. The population is from low to medium-income based families. The program hosts 20 to 25 youth with three educators, three assistants, one counselor, and a program director. The program also includes: A vocal instructor, Organic gardening consultant, cultural dance instructor, historical community art project, two field trips, One parent & child workshop and concludes with "Through My Eyes Street Fest.
    The target objectives are math, reading, science, language art, journaling, and building confidence. The program is free to eligible students and their families.

  • Moore Street Foundation - Adventure Zone Summer Reading Camp

    Adventure Zone Summer Reading Camp (AZSRC) is a safe, caring and learning environment for four weeks that focus on embracing the love of reading books with comprehension and vocabulary building. This summer camp serves children in elementary school. AZSRC+ additional emphasizes are on character education & team building skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) development. The fun aspect of summer is provided through enrichment classes, activities and field trips while awakening their creative side with the arts, music and crafts. There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor play and physical activity. Breakfast and lunch is served to the children daily.

  • Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex- Victorian Carolina: Summer History Camp

    Campers will go back in time to the turn of the 20th Century and experience children’s life in North Carolina towns like Fayetteville. Use 1897 Poe House as a backdrop to learn about architecture, culture, and daily life. Create popular Victorian crafts, learn about period food and customs, and play games that children played over 100 years ago.

  • Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center-2022 Summer Time Kids Day and Resident Camps

    Camp Rockfish is proud to offer a dynamic, adventure-filled, Christ-centered, small group summer camp for campers of all faiths and backgrounds. Day Camp is offered for campers who have completed Kindergarten through 8th grade, and Resident Camp is open to campers who have completed 2nd grade through 12th grade. Whether campers are flying through the air on the zip line, enjoying the multiple water-based activities, or practicing their patience with target sports such as archery, Camp Rockfish ties together faith, friendship, and fun for an unforgettable summer experience. All campers also participate in daily worship, an outdoor/environmental education class, art class, sports, and age-specific games that you will only find at camp. Monkeytail Ball anyone?

  • Salvation Army- Red Shield Summer Day Camp

    The Red Shield Club's goal is to provide a safe place for kids to play, learn and socialize in a loving, Christian environment. Our Camp is an enrichment program for school-aged children in grades K-10th that aims to help build character, improve and build self-confidence, and aid in personal goal setting—utilizing educational activities, weekly themed activities, arts and crafts, etc.

  • St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center - Let's be safe and let's have fun!

    Our program this summer will include after summer school second session tutoring and fun Friday Camp days each Friday of the week. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we will pick up students from Walker Spivey Elementary and transport them to the St. Ann NYC Social Hall. Tutoring will consist of an hour of reading and math skills and a recess with snack. Fun Fridays will include art activities, reading and afternoon trips around the Cumberland County community.

  • The First Tee of the Sandhills-Summer Golf Camps in Cumberland County

    This summer, First Tee - Sandhills will offer multiple half-day camp options in Cumberland County. Youth will learn new golf skills and valuable life skills, have fun through creative games, and get the opportunity to make new friends! Some camps will also incorporate STEM education, exposing participants to all the different ways Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are involved in the game of golf! Golf equipment is provided, and scholarships are available.

  • Vision Resource Center-Youth Summer Explosion

    Out of Sight Youth Summer Camp Explosion is a summer camp for blind and visually impaired children that will host a variety of activities to enhance social and independent living skills while strengthening confidence, courage, friendships and creating a spirit of adventure.