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Camp To Belong Ends Another Successful Summer of Reuniting Siblings
400 campers, 200 volunteers donating 39,600 combined hours and unlimited memories
MARANA, AZ. (Oct. 9, 2009) – Another successful season passes for Camp To Belong, an international non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes. With modest beginnings sixteen years ago, Camp To Belong has helped more than 3,200 siblings reunite, and this year alone had more than 400 attended campers and 200 volunteers donating 39,600 hours.
With 500,000 youth currently in foster care and 75 percent separated from at least one sibling, Camp To Belong is dedicated to reuniting siblings in the foster care system. Camp To Belong gives these children the opportunity to create lifetime memories while reunited at camp for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection. “Camp To Belong changed the way I viewed life,” said Ashley Camp To Belong Massachusetts camper. “I have never been close to any of my siblings and Camp To Belong changed that for us and made me feel like I wasn’t alone.”
At Camp To Belong, the campers’ days are filled with fun and meaningful activities giving siblings the opportunity to experience new things together, such as horseback riding, rafting, swimming and wall climbing. Each afternoon the children participate in art activities, while nights are filled with Camp To Belong ‘Signature Activities’ for the entire camp, including talks by motivational speakers. Camp to Belong is supervised by passionate volunteer counselors such as Lanette Smith from CTB-Northwest/Oregon, “out of the approximate 18,000 youth exiting the foster care system, 49 percent are unemployed, 32 percent do not finish high school and 75 percent do not have or maintain strong sibling connections,” said Smith. “Camp To Belong is important to siblings who have been separated in foster care, without the camp, these children may never get the chance to spend significant time together or build lasting friendships and memories.”
Camp To Belong is supported through grants, corporate sponsorship and donations from individuals. This support allows the organization to develop and grow with new member camps, training and camp curriculum and scholarships for children to attend camp. Camp To Belong currently has six locations in the U.S. and one in Australia, their goal is to open up a camp in each state and continue this model internationally. For more information, or to donate, please visit www.camptobelong.org.
About Camp To Belong:
Camp To Belong is an international non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes and other out of home care for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection. Founded by Lynn Price, herself separated from a sibling in the foster care system, the organization is approaching its 16th year and has helped over 3,200 brothers and sisters reunite. Supervised by volunteer counselors, the campers’ days are filled with fun and meaningful activities giving siblings the opportunity to experience new things together, such as horseback riding, rafting, swimming and wall climbing. Each afternoon the children participate in art activities, while nights are filled with Camp To Belong Signature Activities for the entire camp including talks by motivational speakers. CAMP TO BELONG: P.O. Box 1146, Marana, AZ., 85653, (520) 413-1395 www.camptobelong.org.