Hundreds of foster children will have a chance to enjoy the opportunities that all children deserve as they chase their dreams at summer camp this year.
The Department of Children and Families’ “Camps for Champions” summer series kicks off in Palm Beach County with an inaugural – and exciting — “Camp for Champions” at Gold Coast Christian Camp, west of Lantana. Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll will visit with the campers June 30, and the last day of camp, July 1, will take place at the always-fun Rapids Water Park. Activities will include ropes courses, a rock-climbing wall, swimming, canoeing – and hanging out with a pro football player.
“We’re still looking for some sponsors, but we’ve had a ton of folks offer support, so that’s been really, really exciting,” said Elisa Cramer, community development administrator for the DCF in Palm Beach County. “We also will be recognizing several ‘Partners for Promise’ — local businesses, community organizations and individuals who have donated toward the success of this weekend camp.”
More than one dozen camps are planned throughout the state, up from seven in 2011. The camps will include mentoring, personal interactions, team-building skills and leadership opportunities. The camps are designed to be fun and educational and provide a stepping stone to the future.
“Many of these children have never been to a summer camp before,” DCF Secretary David Wilkins said. “Each one of them deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and understand what it takes to become a true leader.”