104% of $30,000 goal
We are continuing to grow and this year our #GivingTuesday campaign will focus on sending 120 kids to camp! We need your help. Keep reading to learn about Victor, one of our 2022 Foopath Campers.
Victor was nervous as we walked toward the lake. "I've never been canoeing, I'm not sure I can do it. I'm too nervous. I'll just watch," he said as we approached the canoes.
All the other kids grabbed life jackets and headed down the bank toward the canoes. He stood still looking at the water. After listening to instructions and watching the other kids scream and laugh as they were launched into the lake, Victor put on his life jacket and said he was ready. We paired him with his teacher, who also had never been canoeing, and they talked about how they'd try this new adventure together.
As the canoe slid into the water he yelled, "I'm doing it! This is the best day ever!" Victor tried something new, pushed through his nerves and was brave. He left canoeing with higher self-confidence and feeling happy.
Your donation will help a child, like Victor, build self-confidence and feel happy. You can give a child a life-changing outdoor experience.
Footpath's camping programs are so much more than canoeing and s'mores. They can change lives. Will you join us in making a powerful difference?
Most of our campers have never been to a camp of any kind. For many, it is unfamiliar, even scary. But the courage and resiliency the kids build while immersed in nature propel them to form friendships, grow personal strengths and gain new perspectives on life. They develop valuable life skills – skills that will lay the foundation for growth and success. It is remarkable.
We need your help to cover all the costs of camp since the children we serve are from under-served communities. Costs of camp are many, including camp tuition, transportation, trauma-informed support staff and more.
Kids take part in activities like archery, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, creek exploring, campfires, sing-alongs, camp games, gaga ball, frisbee golf, fishing, arts and crafts, cabin skits, low ropes problem-solving, teamwork games, tie-dye, age-appropriate challenges, and learning about nature and wildlife.
Being a part of our Footpath Programming helps kids learn problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, effective communication, confidence, bravery, fun, hope, and happiness, as well as lessons about kindness and new perspectives.
Many children coming from under-served communities do not feel completely carefree, as they are often taking care of family members, worrying about their family’s finances, or feeling stressed about the future. At camp, they temporarily let go of the pressures of life. They feel safe and at peace.
Camp opens their eyes to new possibilities and new experiences. They often begin the trip by wondering how so many trees got into one place or the softness of the dirt beneath their feet. Afterward, they feel free, happy, and confident. We need your help to give more kids these invaluable opportunities.
Mary Macias, CEO & Co-founder