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 twenty agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide these programs. At this time, no additional partners are being added.
Cumberland Community Foundation currently supports eighteen exceptional programs.
Autism Society of Cumberland County – Camp Sunshine Summer Developmental Day Program
Camp Sunshine is a 6 week Developmental Day Program for individuals on the autism spectrum from ages 3-21.
Our teachers and staff provide academic, functional, social, and life skill-development opportunities through art projects, field trips, small group activities and educational programs. The camp is held at an elementary school in Cumberland County and includes visits from other area summer programs and organizations like Cumberland County Libraries and Clark Park.
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. We also provide weekly field trips of skating, swimming, movies, bowling etc.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden Summer Camps
Cape Fear Botanical Garden's summer camps instill a love for nature. Children ages 4-15 explore the wonders of the natural world with activities such as creating their own hiking sticks, touching a live snake, planting a garden bed, or making salsa with ingredients fresh from the Garden. This year the Garden will offer six full weeks of summer camp, including a camp just for the Cumberland County Boys and Girls Club and a camp for children who are blind or vision-impaired. Camp topics include Amazing Animals, Outdoor Adventures, Naturally Creative, Little Critter Camp, and Life on the Farm (910-486-0221 x. 43/www.capefearbg.org).
Cape Fear Regional Theatre- Summer Camps & Teen Stock
While serving young people from 6-19 years old, CFRT’s summer programs provide an immersive experience into the world of theatre that culminates in a performance. Through the performing arts, a variety of skills are encouraged and reinforced including: creativity, empathy, communication and collaboration.
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 – Summer Fun
The Summer Fun Program is open for youth in grades first to twelfth. Students learn character-building skills, develop greater self-confidence, leadership and team-building skills. Opportunities and challenges will be presented to help students experience emotional and social growth. Camp will feature exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities to spark the imagination of our students. Field trips are a part of summer camp for fun activities and learning experiences.
Cumberland County Public Library- “Imagine Your Story"
The Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center runs summer reading programs for all ages! The 2020 summer reading program theme, "Imagine Your Story," serves children from birth through fifth grade and teens in grades 6 through 12. Children record every twenty minutes of reading time and receive prizes, including a free book, at various intervals of reading. Children also have the opportunity to participate in interactive literature-based programs, create projects, and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) at each of our locations. Teens may also participate in interactive programs and receive prizes for their reading this summer, including a free book. Imagine your story with your library this summer!
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Summer 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 State University Planetarium Summer STEM Camp at FSU
This one-week camp will expose students in grades 8-12 to immersive problem solving in STEM. This camp is intended to expose students to physics, chemistry, math and computer science as an integrated knowledge base. With guidance and supervision from the director, students will design their own experiments to help solve the problems at hand. As part of their investigation into various problems, students will be exposed to tools in math and computer science to help with the problem solutions.
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.
GroundSwell Pictures- Shooting Stars Film Camp
This fun filled summer camp teaches the basics of film making and teaches campers how to use the power of film to create social change. Creating films and digital media gives the campers the chance to take on various rolls both in front of and behind the camera. Campers use professional gear and are taught by filmmakers in small groups. They learn story boarding, scripting, studio and location production editing AND on-camera methods. Most importantly they learn the value of teamwork while having fun.
Moore Street Foundation-AZSRC+ Adventure Zone Summer Reading Camp+
This is a reading camp that will focus on embracing the love of reading books with reading comprehension and vocabulary. It is a 4 week experience for elementary grade children. AZSRC+ additional emphasizes are 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. (910-483-6507)
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex- "Got History"
A week-long summer camp for ages 9 to 12. Camp dates are June 22-26 from 9 am to noon. Campers will experience a variety of activities that lift history off the pages of textbooks and places it in their midst.
Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center – Camp Rockfish
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
Our program is an enrichment program to engage children during the summer months in socialization, educational activities, field trips, weekly themed activities, and lots of fun. Through our new Summer Brain Gain program, we aim to help children stay at their grade level, or improve, during the summer months.
St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center – Are you Art Smart?
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. 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 12 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
Out of Sight 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.