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.
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.
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.
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.
Camptown truly serves a need within Central Indiana by partnering with other youth serving organizations to deliver impactful outdoor and nature programs that introduce disadvantaged youth to experiences that enable personal growth and change.