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.
“People here notice things about me no one else ever has, like even when I’m upset. Camp is kinda like my real home because I know I can come back and it will always be here.”
– Camper (age 15) in foster care, Camp Bovey (originally known as Camp Hodag, built by older Nebagamon campers in the 1940s)
“I’ve seen a lot of change in myself since coming to camp. When I was younger, my summers would just fill with me doing nothing. My friends and I started to do things we weren’t supposed to do because we were bored, young and just wild. When I came to Sherwood, they actually let me use all my energy to do the things that I’m supposed to do. I learned new skills instead of just doing obnoxious stuff. To this day, when I come back home I tell my friends about experiences at camp; and sometimes I even teach them things I learned at Sherwood.”
– Camper-counselor, Sherwood Forest Camp
“My sons attended Camp Miller as part of their trauma therapy. They looked forward to camp during the dark days of winter and spring as we trudged through the tragedy that had befallen our family. When camp finally came, the boys had such a great time! Their counselors became mentors, and they talked of camp friends with fondness and joy, saying, ‘They became family.’ When they came back, Inoticed that T’s PTSD and panic attacks had gone away completely, and P became more outgoing. They started taking on new adventures at home and in the community with a vigor that I hadn’t seen before. For the rest of their lives, they’ll remember camp as a turning point. Camp took my lost, hurting young boys and gave them back to me whole and healed. I can’t begin to say how profound camp’s impact was for them.”
– Parent, Camp Miller
“Most people don’t get this type of fun. Not having phones and Internet, we connected with each other. It was so much fun. The food was amazing. I liked archery, thicket and gaga-ball. We went swimming and I passed the test and did not drown: amazing!”
– Camper, Camp of Dreams
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.
“My son thoroughly enjoys camp. It is the only outside activity he participates in. Though he is nonverbal he asks in sign language over and over about his next trip to camp. We are overjoyed he can attend camp and be totally accepted for who he is. Thank you to all who make this possible!”
– Parent, The Fowler Center
“J always enjoys going to camp. I love that he gets so excited beforehand and meets new friends. We live in a very small town, so this is so important for his social skills! Thanks, as always, for doing an awesome job! He cannot write but he did tell me all about camp on the two hour ride home. He loved everything and said, ‘sign me up for next year!’”
– Parent, Camp Courageous
“My daughter and I spend 24/7 together except during the school year. She needed other people interactions outside our bond. Camp allowed her to experience something new. For me, camp meant a chance to regroup physically and mentally, being able to spend one-on-one time with my other children; too often I’m not able to do that because my daughter requires most of my attention. The joy and excitement I felt the day I picked her up at camp when she ran into my arms was amazing. I don’t get a lot of hugs from her. She needed a chance to miss me, to experience many different kinds of social relationships. It also showed her many kids have different types of disabilities and this doesn’t limit their ability to have great adventures! Camp was a success and a very positive experience on every level I could have hoped for and more. Thank you so much for giving this opportunity to my daughter!”
– Parent, Camp Wawbeek
“I heard my son say: “Everywhere I go I’m treated like an alien or outsider because I am different. I was not an alien at camp. We didn’t introduce ourselves as ‘Hi, my name is Bob and I have autism.’ We just introduced ourselves and acted like we always do and nobody cared.””
-Parent, The Fowler Center