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.
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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.