Summer camps can provide kids with various experiences such as sports, music, art, and nature exploration. Beyond the fun, summer camps promote physical activity, boost self-esteem, and provide a sense of belonging and community. This is especially important for Black youth who feel isolated or marginalized daily.
While summer camp can be transformative for Black youth, many face financial difficulties, transportation issues, and safety barriers to participation. However, there are ways to provide our children with all the benefits of summer camp.
The type of camp chosen can mean the difference between a couple of hundred dollars to thousands. Many centers offer financial assistance and scholarships for families in need. Sessions can run from day camps for a week to overnight that last the entire summer.
Another option can be found in virtual and Black-owned and operated camps. Virtual experiences are usually less expensive than traditional ones. Programs like Camp Atwater go out of their way to ensure Black kids get the same experiences as anyone else.
So few of our kids get the opportunity to explore the world beyond what they know every summer. It’s an opportunity for growth and learning for them. A lack of disposable income or other barriers do not have to preclude us from enriching our children.