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.
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.