CAMPERSHIP PROGRAM

Each year, The Guardsmen sends more than 2,500 youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to outdoor programs. For many campership recipients, it is their first time in the wilderness. Post-camp, these youth show dramatic improvement in leadership, in communication skills, and in self-confidence. They form lasting bonds with friends and mentors. They come to experience their impact on the world. And they bring their new outlook back with them—back to siblings, back in their daily decisions, and back in the roles they take to end cycles of poverty and violence in their neighborhoods.

ANNUAL PROGRAM SIZE

2,500-3000 at-risk youth are sent to camp each year—more than 250,000 since 1947.

PARTNER AGENCIES

More than 30 Bay Area outdoor programs such as those run by Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs, Catholic Charities CYO, Salvation Army, and the Seven Tepees Youth Programs.

CAMPER PROFILE

Campers are 6-17 and meet the eligibility guidelines for the Federal Government’s Reduced Price School lunch program. Counselors in Training also are eligible.

FUNDRAISING

Camperships are funded through The Guardsmen’s events and by donations and planned gifts from foundations and individuals, matching gifts from corporations, and corporate sponsorships.

COUNTIES SERVED

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

FEES COVERED

A Guardsmen campership supports up to $30 a day, per camper, for up to 14 days.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Youth apply directly to agencies supported by The Guardsmen.

PROGRAM SUPPORT

In addition to the Campership program, The Guardsmen support outdoor education programs through flexible grants that provide immediate support or fund additional programs for at-risk youth.

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