Human Services

CAMPING UNLIMITED FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

"Giving exceptional people the opportunity to be themselves" - since 1957

aka Camp Krem

Boulder Creek, CA

Mission

"Giving exceptional people the opportunity to be themselves - since 1957". Camping Unlimited is a non-profit organization providing children and adults with Special Needs a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. Our program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness -- and much needed respite for their families.   We offer counselors and volunteers (most of whom are young adults) opportunities to develop leadership and decision making skills, to expand their horizons, and to learn the satisfaction of serving others in an exceptional and life affirming way.

Ruling Year

1964

Interim Executive Director

Alex Krem

Program Director

Christina Krem

Main Address

102 Brook Lane

Boulder Creek, CA 95006 USA

Keywords

disabled, disabilities, autism, down syndrome, summer camp, youth, children, recreation, respite, Santa Cruz, California, San Francisco

EIN

94-6104601

 Number

1313776338

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Autism (G84)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Market Penetration. We estimate we are serving only 2% of our natural market. Other similar programs reach another 2%. More than 95% of the children and adults who would benefit from our program are not served. We are expanding our marketing and fundraising efforts and have increased both enrollment and contribution amounts.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Main Summer Camp

Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp

Summer Travel Camp

Year Round Weekend Program

Social Club

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children and adults with disabilities enrolled in Summer Camp

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Related program

Main Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric relates to our three summer programs, described above, and demonstrates increased success in fulfilling our mission.

Number of camper-days provided to children and adults with disabilities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric relates to our three summer programs, described above, and demonstrates increased success in fulfilling our mission.

Total number of fields trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric refers to the combined number of field trips during Summer Camp, plus separate weekend field trips, across our three summer programs.

Number of enriching activities offered at camp

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Over the last three years, we've added animal care, composting, Junior Counselor program, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, tipis, rock climbing, archery, and day camp for neurotypical children.

Total number of permanent program and administrative staff

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Current program staff = 4 and administrative staff = 4. This metric relates to our three summer programs, described above, and demonstrates increased success in fulfilling our mission.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We work with one of the most vulnerable populations in society – individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We promote independence, self-reliance, and self-discovery, which leads to improved self-confidence, sociability, and happiness. In so doing, we provide much needed respite for parents and families – often their only respite in the year. We have a profound impact on the children and adults we serve by providing them “an opportunity to be themselves" – typically for the first (and often only) time in their lives. Normally constrained by parental and school hopes, demands and expectations, our campers find their time with us to be transformative. Over the next three to five years, we intend to improve our program and expand our enrollment. We believe we are good at what we do (a view shared by professionals, parents, and children). However, we now reach less than 2% of our local serving area.

We want to reach as many children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as we can. At our base at Camp Krem, we intend to increase our enrollments our existing facility in the Santa Cruz mountains, by expanding capacity. We will do this by a new capital program, increased public relations and marketing, heightened recruitment, and successful fundraising that will support our program. Tentative discussions have begun to open similar programs in other geographic areas. We will continue and expand our efforts at State and Federal levels to protect and enhance the rights and benefits available to his population, and are already members of State and Federal working groups. We have a long-term strategy in place and a board of directors committed to it. As a result, we are in the process, step by slow step, of implementing that strategy, to the great potential benefit of our vulnerable and wonderful population.

We have a committed board of directors, consisting of experienced educators, recreation specialists, and commercial people (including one banker, one actuary, one private equity fund manager, three lawyers, two MBAs, an MPH and the President of the San Francisco Autism Society, as well as three parents of children with I/DD). Most have previous and impressive board experience elsewhere, in both the non-profit and commercial worlds. We are in the process of strengthening our board even more. We have a sound balance sheet (more than $1m in equity), a strong (and increasing) cash balance, positive cash flows, and virtually no debt. Revenue increased steadily. Fund raising activities are active. We have an excellent reputation (established almost 60 years ago), and the respect of regional centers, government officials, our clients and their families, and the communities we serve. We have a strong, well established networks, including state regional centers, parent support groups, state and local agencies and the general community. We have tens of thousands of happy campers, their parents, families and neighbors who know us and support our efforts.

Since our mission is to provide recreational services to people with developmental disabilities, progress can be easily and reliably measured: Enrollment and camper-day count. A 10% per annum increase in camper numbers and camper-day recreation will be an objective method of measuring success. Quality of service. Using existing post-camp camper and parent evaluation practices, we are able to ensure that increased enrollment is supported by high quality services. Implementation of weekly drop-in social evenings for teens and young adults with I/DD . We will progress our intention to open additional facilities by contacting our alums, then going outside our circle to identify qualified individuals. Each selected candidate will be tasked with establishing a weekend recreational program, finding a rental venue for summer camp, and recruiting campers and staff. Success will be measured by head-count and camper-days.

We measure our progress by increased head-count, increased camper-days, increased services increased event locations, and the recent provision of free transportation with 10 pick-up points along four major routes. Since founding, we have served an estimated 15,000 children and adults for more than 220,000 days and nights. By all measures we are improving our outreach and our services in support of our mission.

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CAMPING UNLIMITED FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes