Where are Experience Camps?
Manitou Experience (ManEx) takes place at Camp Manitou in Oakland, ME.
The California Experience (CalEx) takes place at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu, CA.
Kennybrook Experience (KenEx) takes place at Camp Kennybrook in Monticello, NY.
Blue Ridge Experience (BREx) takes place at Camp Blue Ridge in Mountain City, GA.
WHERE DO THE CAMPERS COME FROM?
We currently have campers from 23 different states attending Experience Camps. As long as the camper can get to one of our bus or airport pickup locations, we'll get them there!
Who works at Experience Camps?
Our camp staff is a combination of seasoned camp professionals, licensed social workers, doctors, nurses, certified life guards, high school guidance counselors, teachers, coaches, college athletes, and many others who have a passion for camp and a desire to provide an amazing experience for our campers.
We conduct background checks on all volunteers and staff.
Do the staff have experience with bereavement counseling?
All of our counselors participate in a grief training program led by our licensed clinical social workers who specialize in grief work. A number of our volunteers have also experienced the loss of a parent or sibling personally and wish to share their journeys with our campers.
IS THIS CAMP ACA ACCREDITED?
All of our host camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, which means they have been recognized for following a set of procedures and guidelines to ensure the highest quality of safety and experience for the campers that attend those camps. Our program is not in itself accredited, however we do follow the same guidelines established by the ACA for camper safety, counselor to camper ratios, water safety procedures, and more.
How do we get to camp?
In Maine, we provide buses from Newton, MA, Augusta, ME, Brunswick, ME, and Portsmouth, NH.
In California, buses are provided from Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, and an airport pickup at LAX.
In New York, buses are provided from the UES of New York City, White Plains, and Middleton, NY, as well as an airport pickup at LaGuardia.
In Georgia, buses are provided from Sandy Springs and an airport pickup at ATL.
What activities do you offer at camp?
We’ve put together a selection of the best activities that a summer camp has to offer. We have land sports, water sports and creative activities. We have integrated the camp program with bereavement activities and projects designed to help the campers express feelings, explore memories, build confidence, and find comfort in the presence of their peers.
How much does it cost?
Experience Camps are entirely free to campers, thanks to the generosity of our donors.
How do we apply?
You can apply right here! Once we have your application, one of our Directors will reach out to schedule an intake and explain next steps.