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The Power of Camps

Updated: Jul 17

Have you ever wondered why summer camps are such a big deal for young people? Well, they're not just about fun and games. Camps provide an incredible opportunity for personal growth, skill development, and building lifelong friendships. But here's the thing—we need to address the fact that some communities, particularly Black individuals, are underrepresented in camp participation. In this article, we'll explore why camps are so important and why it's crucial to have Black centric camp opportunities in these life-changing experiences.

a black girl at summer camp eating marshmallows

The Dope Benefits of Camps:

1. Growing into Amazing Individuals:

Camps are like magic. They create an environment where young people can learn life skills like teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving. Stepping out of their comfort zones, campers gain confidence and discover new sides of themselves they never knew existed.

2. Making Friends Forever:

Camps bring together a fantastic mix of kids from different backgrounds. This diversity allows campers to make friends from all walks of life, teaching them empathy, respect, and opening their minds to different cultures and perspectives. These friendships often last well beyond the actual camp.

3. Fun, Excitement, and Mental Well-being:

Forget screens and technology for a while! Camps are all about having fun in a new and different way. From exciting games, to interactive group projects, young people a break from the tradition learning environment, and take a break from the stresses of everyday life.

The Camp Disparity: Let's Get Into It

Now, let's get real for a moment. Despite all the tons of benefits camps offer young people, we can't ignore the fact that not enough Black youth get to experience them. Recent studies have shown that only about 4% of campers in the United States identify as Black. That's just not right. So, what's causing this inequality? Well, it's a mix of financial barriers, lack of awareness, and systemic inequalities that need to be addressed.

And that's where we come in.

Closing the Gap:

1. Making Camps Accessible:

We need to break down financial barriers so that every young person can attend camp. That means expanding scholarship programs and financial aid opportunities. Camp organizers and community organizations should join hands to create equal access for everyone, regardless of their economic background.

2. Spreading the Word about Camps:

Knowledge is power! We need to raise awareness about the incredible benefits of camps within marginalized communities. By educating parents, guardians, and community leaders about the transformative impact of these experiences, we can break down misconceptions and encourage greater participation from our communities.

3. Black Camps:

Camps should be a place where everyone feels welcome and included. This means ensuring diversity in camp staff, programming, and marketing materials. By embracing a Black-centric camp model, AHEAD creates an environment that celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of belonging for all.


In a nutshell, camps have the power to shape young people into compassionate, resilient, and well-rounded individuals. But we can't ignore the fact that not everyone has equal access to these experiences.

Ahead offers camps that are affordable, safe, fun and catered specifically to Black and Brown girls. Sign up today to reserve your slot for next year's camp!

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