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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Camptown’s mission is to challenge, mentor, and teach youth about life through outdoor adventure and nature programs that help build confidence, character, and hope. We foster values such as sharing, caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility as we help youth adjust to and cope with their changing world. We lead youth to a better path through camping and adventure programs in the great outdoors. Youth form ideas and attitudes through these direct experiences. In the wilderness, they learn skills such as leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution. They develop an appreciation for the natural world. They place themselves in a beautiful environment that transcends the landscape of street and suburban life.

Programs: Camptown is an indianapolis based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youthin central indiana through outdoor adventure and nature programs. Camptown partnerswith other youth serving organizations to provide custom programming to help enrichthe experience for the youth involved. These partnerships include schools, churches,community centers, home school groups, boys & girls clubs, and local probationoffices. Camptown works primarily with inner city at risk youth. In 2013, camptownserved 3,357 youth from 43 different youth organizations. Camptown providedfinancial assistance to 99% of program participants, with 91% qualifying for free or reduced lunches.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lynn O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camptown has provided outstanding outdoor educational experiences for my special needs high school students over the past seven years. Each one has been a wonderful opportunity for my students. These students mention their Camptown experiences as some of their favorite high school memories.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camptown has provided classroom and outdoor experiences for my special needs students for the past seven years. It is impossible to comment here on all of the benefits my students have had from their programs. A short example is a high school student who had never spent the night away from home before, and had never slept in a tent. His confidence soared the next morning;he was so proud of himself. Camptown teaches leadership, environmental stewardship, builds an increased confidence in individuals, and provides an opportunity for underprivileged youth to learn and enjoy each other in a new setting.

Richard31

Donor

Rating: 5

I have served in several capacities with CampTown through the years. I was on the board for several years. I have volunteered and helped with orienteering. i have donated through a variety of channels. This organization has, from its inception, been one of the most impressive local efforts I have been aware of for helping young people who are in difficult circumstances find their way. It is a benefit to their families because their children learn to set and achieve their own goals. It is a benefit to schools and teachers because it helps students gain confidence in their own ability to achieve. It is a benefit to our communities as it produces young citizens who have a world view with a solid foundation on a spiritual level and with regard to character. I am always happy to recommend CampTown without reservation to participants, volunteers and donors.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have always been passionate about helping youth from disadvantaged circumstances and look for organizations that do this well. Camptown does a great job at identifying issues that are relevant and creating programs that help make a difference for youth in their life today. now. actionable. the staff is amazingly dedicated to the cause. the organization is monetarily efficient- money goes to the programs that go to the kids!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am involved with a number of organizations both board roles and volunteer. Camptown, more than any other that I work with, does so much. From providing opportunities forunderprivaledged kids to go places they have never been before to teaching life skills and confidence. Camptown has found ways to capitalize on relationships with other charities to prosper and grow and the dollars that are donated and invested here are better spent than any other I know. I will continue to work and support Camptown because I feel that it is a tremendous organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camptown makes it very obvious that the needs of the kids is the top priority. From someone who once participated in events led by Camptown and now volunteers for them whenever possible, I have seen the impact that can be made in the lives of the kids. Experiences like backpacking and whitewater rafting are not only a fun activity that most kids do not get an opportunity to do, but also something that teaches fundamental skills such as teamwork and perseverance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every child in this world has special needs, and Camptown has a special way of connecting with and impacting the youth they serve. Taking kids away from their familiar environment and challenging them in the wilderness is awesome. Camptown builds character and confdence in these kids to carry them through life and I have been around long enough to know it works.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Camptown is the best of the best. They add huge benefits to the children within the programs of many well-known charities by supplying custom outdoor programming that teaches respect, confidence and many other important life skills. They do it in the most efficient manner of any non-profit I have worked with. I support Camptown with gratitude and great enthusiasm!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Camptown for several years now, as a board member, committee chair, and as a volunteer. My experience with Camptown has been extremely rewarding. I have had the opportunity to introduce freinds, family, and co-workers to Camptown through fundraising events and volunteer events. EVERYONE that i have introduced to Camptown has been impressed with the vision and mission of Camptown and the amount of children and their families are being effected in a positive way by this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since my wife and I began donating to Camptown and volunteering almost two years ago, it has been very rewarding to see how our time and talents have been utilized. Camptown reaches an extraordinary number of youth on a limited budget. The reason we donate our time and treasure is that we hear stories about lives changed through the programs offered by the talented team of professionals and volunteers that make Camptown a success all the time.

Donor

Rating: 5

My first experience with Camptown was in 2001 when I served as a volunteer on a weeklong backpacking trip. During my week with a group from the inner city, I could see the need for getting kids out of the city and into nature. We climbed, backpacked, and canoed during our week. I watched these kids try things they have never done before and watched as their confidence grew. I so believed in the mission of Camptown that I became a staff member and have been a loyal donor ever since.