Tucked in the North Carolina mountains, Camp Grier offers scholarships, including 36 this year from The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund. With donations from readers and the community, the fund will send about 550 low-income kids to 19 camps this summer.
Last year, with reader and community donations, the Summer Camp Fund raised more than $160,000. This year, the fund plans to send more than 550 Charlotte area kids to 19 camps, the most since it started in 2009.
The Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund awards grants to operators of outdoor summer camp programs to provide scholarships to low-income children residing in counties The Observer serves. Families should apply directly to the camps.
Azalea McDonald made a friend at camp last summer and cried when it was time to go home. This year, The Charlotte Observer’s Summer Camp Fund will send nine children with autism to two camps designed just for them. They’re among 550 Charlotte-area kids heading to 19 camps thanks to donations from readers and the community.
For kids from middle- and upper-income families, summer camp is a great place to make new friends and enjoy the great outdoors. But for children growing up in poverty, summer camp may be the one spot where they can simply be a kid.
Every Sunday during June, Josh Hobbs watches kids roll into the camp he leads near Aiken, S.C., and sees the transformations begin. Camp Long is one of 14 camps that receive money from the Observer’s Summer Camp Fund.
Attending Camp Grimes, the summer camp run by the Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, made then-14-year-old Isaac Sandoval’s commitment to living a positive, healthy life even stronger. Thanks to the generosity of readers, as well as matching grants and corporate donations, more than 260 kids will attend 14 camps this summer through the Summer Camp Fund.