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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 sixteen exceptional programs.

  • Autism Society of Cumberland County – Camp Sunshine Summer Developmental Day Program

    Sunshine Adventure, inspired by Camp Sunshine will focus on social development opportunities as well as some basic life skill training by providing appropriate field trips for families with children and youth in Cumberland County with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 3-21.

  • 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 one day camps. Camp topics include Weird and Wonderful: Plants and Animals, Nature Stories, The Science and Nature of Video Games, Fossil Finds, and Summer Splash.

  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre- Summer Camps & Teen Stock

    Summer Theatre Camp is a dynamic performing arts program for local students age 6-19. Every year, hundreds of students participate in Summer Theatre Camp to learn about all aspects of theatre – from acting to music and dance -- in preparation for live performances. Through the immersive learning environment of theatre, participants strengthen their ability to think creatively, empathize with others, read aloud confidently, and collaborate with peers.

  • 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- 2021 Summer Reading Program-Tails and Tales

    The 2021 summer reading program theme, "Tails and Tales," 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.

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

    The Find-A-Friend Summer Achievement Camp is designed to expose youth to educational, cultural, and recreational activities. This camp will allow youth to experience activities that will educate them and enrich their lives.

  • 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- Breaking News: History Happens Across the Lower Cape Fear

    Campers will virtually follow the news from LCFN (The Lower Cape Fear News Network) as we interview participants and witnesses to history and learn about the people, communities, and events that have shaped the area today. Topics include Pirates AHOY!, Revolution in the Cape Fear, Highland Scots, Navigating the River, Natural History of the Cape Fear and more! The Cape Fear River will be the intertwining theme.

  • Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center-2021 Summer Time Kids Day Camp

    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 2021 Summer Day Camp will run Monday through Friday, 8AM-5:15PM, from June 6th through mid-August. Our camp provides a safe place for kids to play, learn and socialize in a loving, Christian environment. Depending on the Covid-19 situation, we plan to offer field trips and weekly swimming outings. If that is not possible, we have outdoor play and water days on our property. Our days include educational activities, weekly themed activities, arts and crafts, organized recreation in our gymnasium, and daily devotionals. We also provide breakfast, lunch and a snack every day.

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

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

    This summer, First Tee - Sandhills will operate seven (7) half day camps in Cumberland County. These camps will focus on using positive mentor relationship to engage kiddos in a golf course setting on Life Skills Experience and its application, STEM activities and experiments that involve the nature found on a golf course, golf equipment and more; as well as First Tee's Nine Core Values. We model behavior as we are playing, allowing for success in teaching these areas of focus. Youth will be physically active throughout the week while being exposed to all areas listed above.

  • Vision Resource Center-Youth Summer Explosion

    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. Camp activities will follow guidelines and tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.