Mission: Provide low cost opportunity to the children of cambridge and greater boston, massachusetts to attend camp.
Programs: The organization provides their services through the following programs:for 125 years, cambridge camping association (cca) has provided accessible and meaningful summer programming to urban youth from low-income families. Since its founding in 1893, cca has offered placements for children from "impoverished" backgrounds to enjoy a country week - time away from the city at a western ma farm. Cca continues that work today, sending low-income youth from all over greater boston to both day and overnight camps throughout new england. In 1969, cca founded its own camps and today operates two sites and also provides referral and scholarship services to underserved youth. Today, cca serves 450-500 children a year throughout greater boston and specializes in serving youth who have been impacted by trauma. If it were not for cca, many deserving families in the greater boston area would never be able to access the life-changing experience of summer camp for their children. Cambridge adventure day camp (cadc) offers youth aged 5-12 art, athletic, and nature activities; swimming, literacy, and exploration of boston. A 5-week day camp, cadc provides all busing, fees, and healthy meals. Focus is on friendship, engagement, and new experiences in a supportive, diverse community. A strong 5:1 camper/staff ratio to promote learning and pro social-emotional growth sets cadc apart from other recreational summer programs. Daybreak day camp provides a camp experience to underserved youth aged 5-12 with social, emotional, and behavioral health needs, such as adhd, ptsd, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, and other learning issues. For 29 years, daybreak has been the only accessible therapeutic summer program in cambridge. With a 2:1 camper/staff ratio in an environment trauma-sensitive and responsive to camper needs, campers find connection and success. In 2018 cca launched a saturday program for daybreak campers to provide a continuum of trauma sensitive care throughout the school year. Ccaccess, rooted in cca's founding mission, is a referral and scholarship program serving over 300 children aged 6-18. Its funding is through small grants and the ma dept. Of children and families assessment and referral program. In partnership with over 20 referring agencies and 35 camps, cca appropriately places and provides financial support to youth in need of a high impact summer program.