Summer camp is hands-down one of the most magical experiences kids have, yet it’s financially out of reach for hundreds of Anchorage families. 80% of a kids’ academic success is determined by factors outside of the classroom, which is why we partner with organizations like Camp Fire Alaska that are dedicated to enriching the lives Alaska’s underserved youth. Summer and after-school programs are key because they promote healthy lifestyles, foster friendships, and teach valuable life skills.
Last summer, we helped Camp Fire provide six students at Begich Middle School with scholarships to Camp K on Kenai Lake. Camp Fire staff worked with school counselors to identify kids from families with financial need who would most benefit from attending camp. One student, Sean, teared up when his counselor told him there was a scholarship available for him. He had never been to camp before but had always desperately wanted to go. His father was struggling with a disability, and his family was doing all they could to keep their home. When he told his mom about the scholarship, she also cried.
“I feel like my family has won the golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” she shared. “I am so overwhelmed that there are people in our community who are able to show so much love for my son and make this possible for him.”
At camp, Sean thrived. He climbed mountains and kayaked for the first time. He felt like he was part of one big family. He knew he would never forget his counselors and cabinmates and the amazing summer he had.