The Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund supports tuition scholarships at non-profit summer camps that offer specialized recreation and supports for children and teens who experience poverty and disability. Donations to the fund are fully tax-deductible.
One set of recipient camps specializes in serving children and teens who experience poverty. These non-profit camps offer age-appropriate experiences and supports to help children and teens develop positive problem-solving skills, resilience and emotional intelligence, and recover from trauma, abuse and neglect.
“I have made so many new friends and feel so comfortable here. It’s like I have found a second family. I will forever appreciate this opportunity to come to camp. I’m so glad I was able to get away from the city life, from things like violence, sirens/noise, electronics and drama.” – Camper, Camp Rosenthal
“Camp Bovey forever changed my perspective and impacted me in every way, shape and form. I come from a family with domestic violence. At camp, as I became friends with guys and girls, I grew out of my shell. I camped out in the wilderness, learned how to swim, and paddle a canoe and developed outstanding life skills. Coming from the city, being here was difficult at first. But the staff was so welcoming. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making camp possible for me.” – Former camper, Camp Bovey
“When I was younger, hopping from foster home to foster home starting at age 5, the thing going through my head was ‘oh here we go again.’ I got so used to not staying in one place. I felt like no one loved me enough to keep me. Wyman was always my home away from home. When I came here, I had this newfound family who made a positive impact on my life. Now, as a counselor for teens, I do what my counselors did for me. I help mold them into the leaders of tomorrow, get them out of their comfort zone into the challenge zone, help them discover they can do things they never thought possible. We expose them to so much more than their communities can expose them to. Helping another person change the way I changed – that’s my ultimate goal.” – Counselor (on full scholarship at Indiana U.), Wyman Teen Leadership Program
“They’re all pretty wonderful kids, some with scary and awful backgrounds. They want to experience different things. Camp is a place where problems at home just vanish for a little while. My campers have made lifelong friends who help each other solve their issues. Acceptance and forgiveness are key. Camp gives them another chance at seeing the good in the world.” – Counselor, Camp Helen Brachman
Another set of recipient camps specializes in serving children and teens with intellectual and physical disabilities. These non-profit camps offer adaptive recreational facilities and activities, and therapeutic supports for communication, self-care, learning, friendship and independence.
“Campers are given the opportunity to be accepted for who they are and to achieve things like climb a ropes course or a camp out under the stars that they’ve never done before or have been told they cannot do. Observing in schools during my undergraduate classes I saw students in special education be picked on and bullied by classmates. Here, they are with counselors and staff who are a supportive, positive influence. And they’re among campers who are similar in age and ability to themselves. Seeing the joy on campers’ faces has influenced me deeply.” – Counselor, Camp Wawbeek
“Andy grins ear-to-ear as we pull our car into camp. He has selective autism and has difficulty expressing his needs and emotions. He actually speaks at Camp Red Leaf! He loves the activities, pool, and music. The counselors are awesome, caring, compassionate, fun, responsible people.” – Parent, Camp Red Leaf
“We were nervous sending our son to camp because he has many different challenges and mostly because he is nonverbal. The camp staff was so loving and caring. The music therapy helped him express himself. He felt right at home and can’t wait to return.” – Parent, Camp Red Leaf
“Unlike out in the ‘real world,’ at camp people feel comfortable being themselves. To campers, we as counselors are more than just caregivers. We become their friends, role models and cheerleaders. The campers I had the privilege of interacting with taught me more about life than I’ll ever learn at college.” – Counselor, Camp Wawbeek