Foster siblings reunite for week of s’mores and campfire stories

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Foster siblings reunite for week of s’mores and campfire stories
Camp To Belong provides a lifetime of memories for youth in foster care

MARANA, AZ. (February 9, 2010) – Camp To Belong (CTB), an international non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes has been actively reuniting brothers and sisters through summer camp programs and year round events for the past 15 years. This year, seven camps across the nation and an international chapter in Australia will serve over 600 youth who will spend an exciting week of new adventures while empowering each individual camper and strengthening sibling connections.

Campers’ days are filled with energetic activities such as swimming, canoeing, challenge courses, hiking and archery with the key being the shared experience with their siblings. In addition to healthy activities during the day, the siblings participate in other activities such as arts and crafts, while nights are filled with bonfires and inspirational exercises.

“In foster care, the majority of sibling groups are separated by the system, with each child placed in a different home,” shares Camp To Belong Executive Director Sherry Brock. “Thanks to Camp To Belong, we can help preserve these critical relationships while helping to build a lifetime of memories that can never be taken away.”

The 2010 camp programs, in date order, include:

  • Camp To Belong-Nevada
    Camp Site: Pathfinder Ranch, Mountain Center, Calif.
    Date: June 13-18, 2010
  • Camp To Belong -Northwest/Oregon
    Camp Site: Camp Silver Falls, Salem, Ore.
    Date: June 27-July 2, 2010
  • Camp To Belong-Georgia
    Camp Site: Camp Twin Lakes in Ga.
    Date: June 27-July 2, 2010
  • Camp To Belong-Orange County
    Camp Site: Outdoor Education Center-Irvine, Calif.
    Date: July 26-31, 2010
  • Camp To Belong-Maine
    Camp Site: Camp Wigwam, Waterford, Maine.
    Date: August 16-21, 2010
  • Camp To Belong-Northwest/Washington
    Camp Site: Miracle Ranch Camp-Port Orchard, Wash.
    Date: August 16-21, 2010
  • Camp To Belong-Massachusetts
    Camp Site: Camp Taconic, Hinsdale, Mass.
    Date: August 24-29, 2010

Camp To Belong builds unique traditions including a signature birthday celebration where each camper is surprised with a gift from their sibling and they share a special cake made just for them – a priceless event that is often missed when living apart. For most of us, our sibling relationships provide the longest familial bond throughout our lives,” Brock continued. “That special brother/sister association often helps to define us, our place in the family, our place in the community and our place in the world.”

Camp To Belong is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and accepts applicants for campers and volunteer counselors from all over the country. Thanks to donations from individuals and the support of corporations, service organizations, foundations, and grants, Camp To Belong’s outreach continues to grow. For more information on Camp To Belong and to learn how you can help, please contact Executive Director Sherry Brock at sherry@camptobelong.org or 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 15th 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. They strengthen relationships while experiencing the storybook adventures that a summer camp provides. P.O. Box 1146, Marana, AZ., 85653, (520) 413-1395 www.camptobelong.org.

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