How to Become a Partner School

Thank you for your interest in learning more about bringing Camp for All Kids to your school. Camp for All Kids promotes and facilitates racial diversity by sending students from underserved communities to overnight camp. Camp for All Kids exists to give students an opportunity to extend their learning, build self-confidence, enhance social skills, and have fun.

Our program takes place during the summer months, sending accepted students to one of our five partner camps in Wisconsin and Minnesota for four weeks. The program enriches a student’s life by transporting them from the confines of their community to overnight camp. It broadens their experience, opens their eyes to the world, and allows for students to gain independence, responsibility and life-long friendships.

As a partner school, you are responsible for supporting Camp for All Kids in identifying students to attend camp and supporting the camp registration process. To fulfill our mission of promoting racial diversity at camp, Camp for All Kids currently seeks students of color whose families demonstrate financial need to participate in our program.

Outlined below are the expectations for Camp for All Kids partner schools. If your school can fulfill these expectations, please download and fill out the application and return it to Josh Keller by Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Camp for All Kids will review your application and a representative will be in touch within 30 days to determine any next steps. If you have any questions about the expectations or application, please email Josh.

Partner School Expectations

  1. Designated School Liaison: School must identify one staff member who will act as the liaison between Camp for All Kids and the school. Liaison is expected to:
    • Maintain regular contact with Camp for All Kids staff throughout the year, responding promptly to any correspondence. Interactions will increase during the application and placement process (January-March)
    • Promote Camp for All Kids program and the camp experience to students, parents, and teachers throughout the year.
    • Support families with paperwork and camp logistics after students are accepted into the program.
  2. Host Camp for All Kids Engagement Nights
    • Promote and help facilitate at least one Camp for All Kids information session for parents and students. Session must be held before the application deadline.
    • Promote and ensure strong attendance at Camp for All Kids Camp Attendee Night in the spring. Camp for All Kids and Camp directors will be present to support families in filling out camp paperwork and answering questions about the camp experience.
  3. Form Selection Committee
    • Selection committee must consist of at least three members of the school’s staff (teachers, administrators, counselors/social workers preferred).
    • Committee will 1) review applications in January, 2) interview students in February, and 3) invite students to participate in Camp for All Kids by March 1st.
  4. Meet Camp for All Kids Deadlines
    • Host an information night before the application deadline.
    • Set application deadline of January 15th.
    • Review applications and invite students for interviews by February 1st.
    • Conduct interviews and select students by March 1st.
    • Have all students registered with camps by April 1st
  5. Send Students to Camp
    • Recommend a minimum of six students of color (entering grades 3-5) to attend camp in first year of partnership.
    • Students must meet selection criteria detailed in student application.
    • Work to retain students in the Camp for All Kids program throughout the school year and send back to camp the following summer.

Additional Information

Student Application Process: Students who wish to participate in the Camp for All Kids program must complete the following components of the application by the designated January 15th deadline:

  •  Complete application form, including signed parent/guardian consent form
  •  Submit one recommendation form from a teacher
  •  Submit Student Short Answer Questions (topics and guidelines set by Camp for All Kids)
  •  Submit Parent Short Answer Questions (topics and guidelines set by Camp for All Kids)
  •  Submit most recent report card

Student Application Review: Selection Committee will meet to review all information that is submitted by student applicants using the rubrics provided by Camp for All Kids. During review, the committee will ensure that students and families understand the program, have the desire to participate, and that students have a positive teacher recommendation. Students meeting the criteria above, as well as academic and behavioral expectations, will be invited to interview.

Interview Process: The interview portion of the process serves two intentions. First is to ensure that students are indeed interested in going to camp. The second is to make sure that the students have the social skills and maturity to successfully integrate into the camp and cabin environment. Recommended questions for the interview will be provided by Camp for All Kids.

Selection Process: After interviews, committee will determine which applicants should move forward to be put into the matching pool. Characteristics of successful campers include: academic success, positive behavior, leadership potential, strong sense of responsibility, and perceived ability to spend four weeks away from home. If there are multiple students of the same gender and grade, committee will rank them in order of strength of applicant and perceived camp-readiness.

Matching Process: The school’s Selection Committee will provide their list of recommended campers to Camp for All Kids. Camp for All Kids will work with our partner camp directors to determine availability and best fit for each student. Camp for All Kids will then share student-camp matches with School Liaison, who will in turn notify students and parents about camp placement and upcoming Camp Attendee Night.

Cost to School and Families: There is no financial cost of the program to the school—except for the time commitment of the school liaison and selection committee. Families will have to put down a non-refundable deposit of between $150-$200 (varies by camp) at Camp Attendee Night to hold their child’s spot at camp. Deposit will be the sole payment and cover the full cost of child’s program participation.