Rating: 5 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 9658 County Road 501 Bayfield CO 81122 USA
To Train Global Leaders to Love God and Love Others in the Context of His Creation.
Results: We are working to build a sustainable program where tuition can cover the cost of operation. We are interested in building a summer camp in Rwanda to be able to have exchange students from both countries learn about the other.
Target demographics: Teenagers 13-18, College students 18-25
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000 High School Students. 100 University Students
Geographic areas served: Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
Programs: backpacking, white water rafting, high ropes course, low ropes course, fly fishing, outdoor sports, rock climbing, mountaineering,
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Camp KIVU has been instrumental in developing my children and nieces and nephews in their relationship with God. The setting, people and instruction touches them like nothing our youth program at home has ever been able to do. It is very much worth the investment in your kids and it's payoff is tenfold! Thanks KIVU!
Camp Kivu has been a blessing to our family. My oldest daughter has been a camper for the past 6 summers and is now apart of the Kivu Gap Year program. (She will attend UGA next fall, but taking this year off with Kivu has been a dream of hers!) My youngest daughter attended camp this past summer for the first time and is counting the weeks until Session 1. Kivu and the staff are welcoming with loving arms. You feel apart of this family immediately. This camp is one of a kind. From the daily devotionals to the outdoor sports, Kivu connects with these kids in many ways. Camp Kivu provides many experiences to grow and learn as a person. I can not say enough wonderful things about this program. I am so blessed my children have had Kivu in their life.
Camp Kivu provided senior trip for our students on a level I have never seen before. We chaperons had almost nothing to do but enjoy the scenery and the people. Every need was anticipated, the students made some of their best memories (barn dance), and I was extremely impressed. It was very clear that the owners really care for young people, and are challenging them with an experience that is character-building. It was more than a week of fun - it was a launching into a new stage of life. I have been in education for almost 30 years, and I have never seen a comparable level of thoughtful preparation that is also tons of fun.
We have been blessed to be able to send one daughter to Camp Kivu and another to the Kivu Gap year. The camp is a safe place for teenagers to grow, ask questions, spend time with friends and receive unconditional love and support. The counselors and staff are top notched and have made such a difference in the lives of teenagers from all over the country. The Gap year is a way for students to learn more about their place in the world and the unique way that God desires to use them to bring Him glory. I would highly recommend Camp Kivu to anyone.
Camp Kivu provides a safe, kind, welcoming, fun and friendly venue for teens to discover many fantastic outdoor sports while also making many new friends from all over the world at the same time.
More importantly the camp is also an open platform for all kids to share their beliefs and questions of living a Christian life.
In the end, Camp Kivu is making a difference in the lives of our future leaders everyday! I highly recommend any teen 13-18 years old give this world class Camp two weeks a priority for their next summer break. I guarantee it will be the best experience of their lives.
Above all, Kivu is a place where any teenager can leave knowing that they are loved. It is a safe place to ask real questions about who God is and who you are in light of that. They have the best staff around year in and year out. Not to mention it is the most fun and beautiful place on earth.
Kivu is by far the best place to grow in faith and learn more about the Lord. It is truly a unique place.
Kivu changed the course of my life. Beyond thankful for their influence.
Camp KIVU is one of those rare gems where teenagers and college students are able to search and discover their passions - what drives them each day - in a safe environment that encourages critical thinking and deep soul-searching. Having worked with teens and young adults for 11+ years, I fully endorse KIVU for their mission and the methods they use to fulfill it. Young people need a place where they can remove themselves from all of the "stuff" of life and discover what they love and feel they "were meant to do." From unique Colorado outdoor adventures to simply being unplugged and off the grid, to placing teenagers and young adults together so that they can experience the benefit of community and all that comes both now and later as professionals from teamwork, collaboration, trust, and hard work; KIVU has developed a rare experience where young people can find who they are, what drives them, and what they deeply value.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase the scholarship fund through donations so that teenagers and young adults from various socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to experience KIVU.
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After 3 summers as a camper and 10 on staff, I can honestly say there is no better place for a teenager to be during the summer. It is a place of love, acceptance, forgiveness, encouragement, learning, hope and great fun! I have served with this organization with all I have to give and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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