Mission and Goals

Mission

The mission of the Summer Fund is to ensure that underserved children and youth in the Metropolitan Boston area have access to a wide variety of affordable, high-quality camp-based recreational and learning opportunities, by providing resources for operational support, capacity building and professional development.

Goals

The Summer Fund dedicates its resources, effort, and time to achieving the following:

  • Growing a collaborative pool of funding to support summer camp and programs serving urban, underserved children and youth;
  • Increasing the number of summer program slots that are accessible to urban, underserved children, youth, and families;
  • Increasing summer camp and program quality by providing operational support, capacity building and professional development AND conducting ongoing assessments of quality standards;
  • Building a strategic portfolio of camps that provide high-quality recreational, academic support, and experiential learning opportunities

Summer Fund Fact

In 2017, the Summer Fund allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for the summer.

Our Impact

The Summer Fund Cultural Day program allows Boston Children’s Museum to fulfill its mission of reaching out to underserved populations of children in the greater Boston area. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend the Museum and to learn and grow from the educational opportunities we offer.

— Boston Children’s Museum

Random Quote

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.