Amount Requested: $5,000 for our Summer Camp: Camp LIGHT
Mission: To show kids with special needs and circumstances that life is only limited by their imagination, and to give them new tools and skills, along with love and support, to inspire them to become anything they can dream.
Constituents Served: Children ages 6-17 with medical, physical, behavioral, and other special needs diagnoses, as well as children categorized as at risk youth. We served around 90 campers, ages 6-17, last year, most of whom come to us from Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, Nelson County, Highland County, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Rockbridge County, Charlottesville, and Albermarle County.
Program Overview: Creative Works Farm (CWF) is located just north of Waynesboro on a 162 acre farm. CWF is the proud home of Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids ages 6-17 with medical, physical, and behavioral conditions and other special needs, as well as at risk youth. Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, campers attend at no cost to their families. We offer a summer camp experience that is adapted to the unique needs of our campers. Our goal is to ensure children with different medical, physical, and mental obstacles can enjoy the excitement of camp, and build lifetime friendships with other children with similar backgrounds. Programs will help families release the emotional, physical, and financial burdens caused by serious childhood illnesses, and will provide a peer network that reaches far beyond the LIGHT of a summer campfire. For the summer of 2016, our goal is to host around 200 campers (30 campers per week for 7 weeks). Our summer camp activities focus on area that encourage our campers to be active, learn about healthy living, and empower them to learn new skills that will make a positive impact in their lives. The activities revolve around these core categories: sports, nature exploration, nutrition and gardening, animal therapy, and the arts (theater, music, arts and crafts). Outcomes have shown improved social skills, confidence, sense of belonging, learned teamwork and communication skills, and more. Parent feedback has been very positive, and for the 2015 camp season, we saw a 95% return rate in the campers who attended the prior year.
Expansion goals this season include completing our 1950’s town activity area, which will be used for summer camp activities for the campers, and will create a unique learning experience for them. Camp LIGHT is continuing to grow, with a barn and riding ring scheduled for construction in 2016. The completed camp facility will include overnight stay cabins, medical facility, dining hall, sports area, and other buildings, and will host up to 600 campers every year.
We are seeking funding to assist with supplies needed for our summer camp program, like healthy meals & snacks, camp tees, arts and crafts supplies, water bottles, sports equipment, items for our organic garden activities, supplies for nature hike, and other needed items for the program.
Current Operating Budget: $155,100