Unlike other groups or missions that focus on a child's academics or physical health, Camplify is dedicated to a child's character. Camplify connects over 200 youth in Western North Carolina with skill-building opportunities that will benefit the community for decades to come. Today, Camplify offers five different extraordinarily cost-effective, results-driven programs through a ladder of opportunities that seek to enhance the lives of students.
In 1994, a local leader identified that Henderson County, just like much of Western North Carolina, was saturated with residential summer camps. These camps had been serving much of the US population and even the world. However, students in Henderson County were not granted the same opportunity due to multiple barriers, including finances. Our partnership began that summer with Kanuga Conference Center and has grown ever since.
Our challenge is to ensure that our local students have the ability to grow into confident and influential leaders in Western North Carolina. We achieve this through building skills at residential summer camps as well as mini-retreats throughout the school year.
Camplify operates as a unique multi-year commitment that begins in the spring of a child’s 4th grade year. Specifically, Camplify works with each public elementary school in the district. Counselors hand-pick children in need of the camp experience and nominate up to 85 students to begin our first program. These students are then invited to continue learning and growing through a series of life-changing programs that build through high school. Each year, we serve over 200 participants enrolled in five structured, cost-effective programs.
Camplify pledges 9 years of camp-based and experiential learning programs to local youth. Children begin in the 4th grade and graduate the program upon high school graduation.
Camplify was conceived because of the disproportionate percentage of local families and children who go without. In western North Carolina, a quarter of children live below the poverty line. Our founder had high hopes that many local kids could become more well-rounded citizens and have more prosperous futures if they were granted leadership opportunities. We’ve tried many approaches but always stayed true to one thing: students will benefit from spending time with positive role models and peer supports at residential camp.
Because of the tremendous things that local teachers, counselors, and the Boys and Girls Club so graciously do, something beautiful is happening. Children are able to experience leadership training that can reshape their lives. Up to sixty local 4th grade students are identified by their school counselor or staff at the Boys and Girls Club in the spring of each year. The majority of students that are nominated to participate in Camplify live at 185% of the poverty line.
Our partners work to ensure that students from every neighborhood have the chance to thrive through our multi-year program. Camplify comes alongside families to support kids with leadership development, peer mentors, and positive role models. Our goal? Engage students who have the potential to become vibrant future leaders.
LEAD is a high school service and development program designed to reinforce the gains made from previous years’ camp experiences. LEAD activities and training influence success in high school and beyond, teaching the core competencies of being ethical, goal-driven, resourceful and visionary throughout the entire year.
Camplify uses a series of camp-based and experiential learning programs to teach kids-in-need the life skills required to succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Students enter our nine year commitment in the 4th grade to learn about responsibility, respect, ethics, collaboration, goal-setting, and more. Watch out world, here they come: the responsible leaders of tomorrow that you've been looking for.