At Camp To Belong we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to spend meaningful time with their brothers and sisters.
We are dedicated to helping make that happen for kids living in foster care.
Imagine as a child being taken away from your parents and placed in a home where you know no one. The only thing you have that is yours is one small bag of clothing. You don’t know the rules of the house, who is supposed to take care of you or where you will end up going to school. As if that isn’t hard enough, now imagine that your brothers and sisters–the only other people in the world that understand what you are going through–have also been taken away and placed in separate new homes. You have entered foster care through no fault of your own, and now the only time you get to see any form of recognizable family, your siblings, is during scheduled monthly meetings…if you are lucky.
Thoughts From Our Campers
“When I was in foster care, I never felt like I belonged anywhere; no one wanted me. If you feel like you have been in a place like that, that is why we come here. Here we belong.”
“Camp To Belong is our thing, it’s what keeps us together. Camp To Belong is what made us strong.”
“This is the one week a year that I get to live with my siblings, this is our week and makes up for the entire year of not being together.”
“This camp makes me feel like I’m not the only one in foster care.”
Did You Know?
One week at camp provides more sibling time together then a full years’ worth of state mandated visits.
Oftentimes youth living in foster care have very few photos of their childhood. At Camp To Belong each child creates a scrapbook filled with photos of them and their siblings taken throughout the week to keep as a take home memory of their time together.
One night during the week of camp, we host a camp wide birthday party where each sibling group exchanges presents and has their own family cake to celebrate the birthdays that they may have missed during the year.
Many children in foster care feel a great sense of isolation and have reduced self-esteem. Camp To Belong works to create normalcy for the kids throughout the week by providing them with a place where they are surrounded by others who face similar experiences and understand them.
It costs roughly $1,000 per camper that attends Camp To Belong. These costs are never charged to the campers; we work hard to raise this money each year so cost does not prohibit attendance.
Camp To Belong
PO Box 1222, Littleton, MA 01460
Tax Identification Number: 94-3229145
Camp To Belong does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations. We are an open and affirming program and we welcome all gender identities. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our campers, volunteers and staff members.