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Washtenaw Camp Placement Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Sports

Mission: WASHTENAW CAMP PLACEMENT ASSOCIATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1962 TO SERVE AS THE COORDINATING AGENCY FOR SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP CAMPERSHIPS IN WASHTENAW COUNTY. MORE THAN 9,700 CAMPERSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED.

Programs: Placement of 126 qualifying washtenaw county youth in summer camp programs in the summer of 2014.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This program provides needy children with tremendously positive experiences through attendance at a summer camp. Due to the cost of attendance at those camps, it would be virtually impossible for any of them to attend on their own. The WCPA has done an amazing job of reaching out to the community for support for scholarships to give as many as 140 children to attend camps. Every dollar that is collected (other than a nominal amount for personnel and office expenses) goes toward those scholarships.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washtenaw County Camp Placement program deserves high praise and recognition for their community involvement with our children. They have helped send so many deserving children attend camp for 2 weeks in the summer for a rich experience in outdoors, activities like swimming, archery, and horseback riding, and meeting new friends. I have attended their orientation program where they share photos and past stories, provide a meal, and generously donate clothing, personal care items, sleeping bags, etc., for the camp attendees. Their passion and organizational abilities and love for the children is enormous. I am so grateful to them.

2 Blaine K.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Washtenaw Camp Placement Association is a truly wonderful organization. They have provided many opportunities for at-risk youth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Washtenaw Camp Placement for years. It is an amazing organization of dedicated professionals who work all year to raise awareness and money to send at risk/underprivileged children to camp. I have seen first hand the transformational experience that summer camp provides for children. To be able to offer this to the most needy in our community is an important mission. WCPA is a well run, excellent non-profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help with camp registration the past 2 summers and also chaperoned the buses that took some kids to camp and also picked them up.
It was amazing to see the positive transformation the camp experience had on so many of these children who were initially so hesitant and anxious to go. These youth would have never been able to attend without the camperships that Washtenaw Camp Placement Assoc. provided. My own daughter enjoyed camp her whole childhood and she learned and grew so much being out in nature away from electronic stimulation. This same gift is possible for so many underprivileged youth because of the generous donations WCPA has garnered and been able to share to make such an impactful difference in the lives of so many. Thank you, WCPA!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have become familiar with Washtenaw Camp Placement within the last few years. It is a organization that makes it possible for children (by way of donors) that would normally only hear or see about camping by way of story books or television. I have seen many children get the opportunity to enjoy camp for the first time come back after a week or two weeks depending on the camp, with a big smile and stories about their experience that they will remember for years to come. Many have some much fun and meet new friends that they ask when can they go back. I wish this was around when my children were camper age. Keep doing what is being done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WCPA sends the kids who need it most to camp. They are a crucial partner between educators, families and camps to make sure that kids who otherwise would not be given the chance to attend camp do so and have all of the supplies and information they need to have a blast.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for WCPA for years, and am continually impressed by the way the organization is managed. The Board and staff are very mission-driven, getting as many children to camp as they can possibly manage, with what appears to be very narrow margins. Their stewardship seems responsible, frugal, and full of heart. I think that WCPA is a place that one can support with confidence, and know that efforts and dollars will go directly to sending kids to camp. Washtenaw County families and our entire community are incredibly lucky to have WCPA here to enrich kids' lives with meaningful camp experiences!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This nonprofit has been spending much more on salaries than on the mission. I do not recommend donating or using this organization. I would search other similar organizations or go to the camps directly for financial assistance instead. It is not a highly motivated staff and board.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washtenaw Camp Placement Association was established by community leaders in 1962 as the coordinating agency for summer resident camp scholarships in Washtenaw County. It brings together schools and youth-serving agencies, camps with outstanding summer programs wishing to serve children from a broad range of backgrounds, and donors who desire to invest in the most vulnerable youth in the community. Decades of successful partnerships with accredited camps throughout Michigan has resulted in the awarding of more than 9,300 camperships. A campership is defined as one or two weeks of expense-paid resident summer camp, and supportive services such as clothing and gear, medical exams, and transportation. Applicants are referred by school personnel and social workers in agencies.