Camp Colley Foundation

Connecting vulnerable children to impactful experiences in nature.

PHOENIX, AZ   |  www.campcolley.org
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Mission

Funding wilderness experiences for underserved children living in the Valley to nurture healthy development and resilience, foster meaningful relationships, and encourage wilderness exploration.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr. Richard Berg

Main address

216 W PORTLAND ST

PHOENIX, AZ 85003 USA

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EIN

16-1706639

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nearly 25%, or approximately 305,000 of children ages 6-17, in greater Phoenix live in poverty. Because of the socio-economic level in which they were born, these children are excluded from nearly all opportunities like a traditional summer camp experience, widening the gap of acquired knowledge and skills necessary for children to academically and socially thrive. Withholding critical knowledge and skill development opportunities like the ones that Camp Colley provides perpetuates the many challenges these children face, limiting the likelihood they grow to become successful adult contributors to society.

Our programs

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Camp Colley

Camp Colley Foundation funds overnight adventure camp for disadvantaged, inner-city children to nurture healthy development and resilience, foster meaningful relationships, and encourage outdoor exploration. While many people simply liken summer camp to recreational activities like canoeing and campfires, Camp Colley capitalizes on the opportunity to work with vulnerable populations of youth by emphasizing social-emotional learning and outdoor education as the primary outcomes of camp participation. Nestled in the Ponderosa Pine forests of Happy Jack, Arizona, Camp Colley is a City of Phoenix owned property and is and operated by Tonto Creek Camp. Programming topics include forest ecology, wilderness preservation, and other STEM related topics all while focusing on soft social-emotional skill development necessary for a healthy and successful life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Located on the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona, Camp Colley capitalizes on the inherently inspirational and educational experiences that only an excluded forest setting can offer youth. Our program provides children living in urban Phoenix the opportunity to challenge themselves personally and interpersonally. Targeted programming supports youth to build self-confidence and social skills while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wonder of our state's natural environment and its connection to life in Phoenix.

Formal, structured programming is a component of every child's comprehensive experience at Camp Colley. In outdoor classroom-style locations nestled throughout the camp property youth learn about the interconnectedness the life throughout the surrounding Coconino National Forest. Youth learn the importance of creating a low environmental impact and skills to implement in their daily lives like proper waste disposal, efficient water consumption, and recycling. Youth also learn what is necessary for our camp to be entirely 'off the grid' and self-sustaining; solar power and a backup propane generator provide power to the entire property, and water used at camp is pumped from an onsite well with an aquifer that organically filters wastewater and returns it back to the environment.

Camp Colley is an adventure-style learning program that is a highly experiential summer camp experience. Being in the natural environment in which our program focus is centered, campers have the unique opportunity to participate in activities that connect to camp's wilderness environment. These programs include guided educational nature hikes with professionally trained staff knowledgeable in forestry service and ecology; an educational tour of our off-the-grid solar energy system to teach campers how solar energy is captured and stored and its value in reducing greenhouse gas; an educational session around the state of Arizona's water sources and methods of water use efficiency; all in addition to other nature games that increase personal values for mindful wilderness exploration and appreciation.

Camp Colley serves between 300-400 vulnerable Phoenix children every summer who are recruited from Phoenix Parks and Recreation Centers throughout the city. These campers qualify for one of five sessions that are designated specifically to youth living in poverty whose families live at or below the federal poverty threshold. These are children who would otherwise have no opportunity to participate in summer camp.

Camp Colley integrates current science and environmental issues with experiential learning programs to provide teachable moments relevant to the population of youth served. In addition to STEM-related educational outcomes, Camp Colley also supports youth's social emotional development. Youth who participate at summer camp report having an increased appreciation for others' differences, learn increased emotional regulation skills, and help increase leadership skills that prepare them for academic success.

Camp Colley is operated by a contracted organization, Tonto Creek Camp, to facilitate camp on the City of Phoenix owned property. Camp Colley Foundation focuses on the fundraising component to ensure low-income vulnerable Phoenix youth have the opportunity to participate at Camp Colley free of charge.

Our three-way relationship between these three organizations allows us to maximize our ability to focus on our areas of expertise to operate camp most efficiently. The City of Phoenix maintains the physical camp property and infrastructure to ensure is is environmentally sustainable; our camp operator applies their expertise and knowledge to programming that aligns to accreditation standards outlined by the American Camp Association; our organization fundraises for camper scholarships utilizing skillsets and available resources throughout our community.

Camp Colley Foundation has provided scholarships to over 3,000 Phoenix children experiencing poverty and adversity over the last 15 years. Currently we scholarship between 300-400 children every season, and we have plans for expansion to maximize our impact on an individual camper and community-wide level.

Starting with camper capacity, Camp Colley Foundation has contributed to capital improvements to build additional platform tents to serve more campers per session. By summer 2020 we anticipate surpassing 400 campers served every season, and by 2021 we plan to expand our number of available sessions at Camp Colley in order to serve even more youth annually.

To generate greater impact for each camper, Camp Colley Foundation will utilize 2019 output data to determine the potential impact of lengthening the program from 3 to 4 or 5 days. This expansion will prolong the length of time each camper spends at Camp Colley, immersing them deeper in program content to increase learning and development. In 2020 Camp Colley Foundation will start to extend some camp sessions for outcome comparison to the current 3-day program model.

Financials

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Camp Colley Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Sarah Porter

Kyle Center for Water Policy- Morrison Institute

Term: 2019 - 2021

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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