Education and Professional Development

The Summer Fund supports our grantees by providing resources, trainings and workshops created to enrich program curricula and improve professional competencies for camp leadership and staff.  New initiatives are designed to respond to emerging trends in the field by providing educational and professional development opportunities. Our initiatives vary each year depending on current needs that emerge in the summer program field.

Our current initiatives include:

  • A collaborative effort with the American Camping Association (ACA) to evaluate Summer Fund camps, measure existing quality standards against ACA standards, and establish baseline quality criteria for summer camps as well as an ongoing evaluation method to ensure that standards are maintained
  • In partnership with the United Way and Bostnet, the implementation of a summer learning strategy to help Summer Fund camps stem summer learning loss through instructional and experiential academic methods that fit within a recreational camp program model
  • An innovative summer leadership program developed in partnership with Hale Reservation, designed to provide teen camp counselors with job readiness training, more effective camp counselor skills, and more support from camp leadership staff

Our Impact

I am writing to let you know that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her camp experience last week! Jane is a “slow-to-warm-up” kind of child, so it was especially wonderful to see her positively beaming at the end of each day and telling us all about her camp experiences, singing songs, and showing us her projects each evening. My husband and I are thankful to her counselors and to all of the staff for making it such a great week for her!

— Parent of camper, Boston Nature Center Summer Day Camp

Random Quote

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury