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SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES PROMOTE EDUCATION, INC.

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aka SCOPE   |   Astoria, NY   |  www.scopeusa.org

Mission

SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) provides children from underserved communities with life changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp. SCOPE funds camp scholarships “camperships" to send children who commit to staying in school to nonprofit, resident camps which will empower them to develop to their full potential. SCOPE provides camp experiences to children across four major regions of the United States: Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and Southwest.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Molly Hott Gallagher

Main address

2268 31ST ST PO BOX 5450

Astoria, NY 11105-5450 USA

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Formerly known as

Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge, Inc.

EIN

20-2772242

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is ample evidence regarding the positive outcomes of summer camp. While unsupervised children run the risk of losing academic ground or, worse, getting into trouble in potentially dangerous urban settings, children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences that offer artistic, musical and athletic experiences; adventurous outdoor environments; and excellent adult role models. In a study of youth outcomes conducted by the American Camp Association (ACA), the benefits of summer camp include enhanced positive identity and confidence; better social, physical and cognitive skills; and increased independence and leadership. These skills are related to academic achievement and can build a resiliency against negative behaviors that may surface later in children's lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SCOPE

The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families to attend nonprofit, resident camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Eligibility guidelines require that all SCOPE campers are enrolled in public school or public charter school (ages 7 – 16) and qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program. All SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer. As an added incentive, campers who continue in the SCOPE camp scholarship program and graduate from high school will be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend college or an approved vocational school through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund.

Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive. While their more affluent peers are often enrolled in summer camps and programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to these opportunities, resulting in an enormous achievement gap. SCOPE bridges this gap by making summer camp accessible to as many deserving children as possible.

There is ample evidence regarding the positive outcomes of summer camp. While unsupervised children run the risk of losing academic ground or, worse, getting into trouble in potentially dangerous urban settings, children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences that offer artistic, musical and athletic experiences; adventurous outdoor environments; and excellent adult role models. In a recent study of youth outcomes conducted by ACA, the benefits of summer camp include enhanced positive identity and confidence; better social, physical and cognitive skills; and increased independence and leadership. These skills are related to academic achievement and can build a resiliency against negative behaviors that may surface later in children’s lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families to attend nonprofit, resident camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Eligibility guidelines require that all SCOPE campers are enrolled in public school or public charter school (ages 7 – 16) and qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program. All SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer. As an added incentive, campers who continue in the SCOPE camp scholarship program and graduate from high school will be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend college or an approved vocational school through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund.

Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive. While their more affluent peers are often enrolled in summer camps and programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to these opportunities, resulting in an enormous achievement gap. SCOPE bridges this gap by making summer camp accessible to as many deserving children as possible.

There is ample evidence regarding the positive outcomes of summer camp. While unsupervised children run the risk of losing academic ground or, worse, getting into trouble in potentially dangerous urban settings, children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences that offer artistic, musical and athletic experiences; adventurous outdoor environments; and excellent adult role models. In a recent study of youth outcomes conducted by ACA, the benefits of summer camp include enhanced positive identity and confidence; better social, physical and cognitive skills; and increased independence and leadership. These skills are related to academic achievement and can build a resiliency against negative behaviors that may surface later in children’s lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families to attend nonprofit, resident camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Eligibility guidelines require that all SCOPE campers are enrolled in public school or public charter school (ages 7 – 16) and qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program. All SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer. As an added incentive, campers who continue in the SCOPE camp scholarship program and graduate from high school will be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend college or an approved vocational school through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund.

Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive. While their more affluent peers are often enrolled in summer camps and programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to these opportunities, resulting in an enormous achievement gap. SCOPE bridges this gap by making summer camp accessible to as many deserving children as possible.

There is ample evidence regarding the positive outcomes of summer camp. While unsupervised children run the risk of losing academic ground or, worse, getting into trouble in potentially dangerous urban settings, children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences that offer artistic, musical and athletic experiences; adventurous outdoor environments; and excellent adult role models. In a recent study of youth outcomes conducted by ACA, the benefits of summer camp include enhanced positive identity and confidence; better social, physical and cognitive skills; and increased independence and leadership. These skills are related to academic achievement and can build a resiliency against negative behaviors that may surface later in children’s lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families to attend nonprofit, resident camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Eligibility guidelines require that all SCOPE campers are enrolled in public school or public charter school (ages 7 – 16) and qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program. All SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer. As an added incentive, campers who continue in the SCOPE camp scholarship program and graduate from high school will be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend college or an approved vocational school through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund.

Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive. While their more affluent peers are often enrolled in summer camps and programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to these opportunities, resulting in an enormous achievement gap. SCOPE bridges this gap by making summer camp accessible to as many deserving children as possible.

There is ample evidence regarding the positive outcomes of summer camp. While unsupervised children run the risk of losing academic ground or, worse, getting into trouble in potentially dangerous urban settings, children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences that offer artistic, musical and athletic experiences; adventurous outdoor environments; and excellent adult role models. In a recent study of youth outcomes conducted by ACA, the benefits of summer camp include enhanced positive identity and confidence; better social, physical and cognitive skills; and increased independence and leadership. These skills are related to academic achievement and can build a resiliency against negative behaviors that may surface later in children’s lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth

Related Program

SCOPE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children from low-income families according to USDA poverty guidelines attend overnight summer camp at nonprofit, ACA accredited camps across the US with SCOPE scholarship support.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

SCOPE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SCOPE supports children from low-income families, who meet the requirements of the USDA poverty guidelines to receive 100% camp scholarship funding through SCOPE program funds.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

SCOPE is committed to providing economically disadvantaged children with the opportunity to experience overnight summer camp. By opening the door to summer camp opportunities with our focus on education, and through our long-term commitment to our SCOPE campers, we seek to inspire and empower them to make positive contributions to their communities and become self-sustaining adults. Our goal as an organization is to partner with community leaders and American Camp Association (ACA) accredited nonprofit, resident camps to provide healthy, safe and fun environments for the children we serve to experience during the summer months. By providing these experiences to children who otherwise could not afford these opportunities, we are breaking the boundaries and exposing the children we serve to equal opportunities of all children. With the encouragement and support of positive role models and professional leaders in the camp industry, these children have access to what's possible for them. By setting goals to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer with the support of a SCOPE scholarship, college opportunities become a reality.

Children who attend well-designed summer camps can participate in educational experiences under the supervision of excellent adult role models. SCOPE scholarship support goes to camps that complement school content, conscious of the state standards and age-appropriate developmental outcomes.

SCOPE has a national footprint, serving camps and children in four regions throughout the United States; Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. As we continue to grow, we seek to expand our support to other regions of the country.

The cornerstone of SCOPE's program is to provide camp scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families to attend nonprofit, resident camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). SCOPE allocates funds to participating SCOPE camps to provide camp scholarships in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States. In addition, SCOPE works with community partners who select children in their program(s) to attend overnight summer camp.

Founded in 1991, SCOPE then a program of the American Camp Association, New York & New Jersey, raised funds for 26 children to attend summer camp. In 2005, SCOPE became an independent 501c3 organization, and has consistently grown in size and scope. Each summer hundreds of children are able to attend nonprofit, resident camps nationwide through the funding provided by SCOPE. After the completion of the summer of 2018, SCOPE support provided over 700 camp scholarships to children from all over the United States at 42 nonprofit SCOPE partner camps.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES PROMOTE EDUCATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Justin Mayer

Timber Lake West Camp

Term: 2019 -

Dan Zenkel

The Camp Professionals

Jay Canell

JP Morgan

Neil Canell

JP Morgan

Ross Coleman

Coleman Country Day Camp

Dayna Hardin

Lake of the Woods & Greenwoods Camps

Jay Jacobs

Timber Lake Camps

Justin Mayer

Timber Lake West Camp

Mitch Reiter

Camp Towanda

Bennett Schmidt

Inte Q

Andy Siegel

Tyler Hill Camp

Jeffrey Skier

AM Skier Insurance

Alicia Skovera

American Camp Association, New York & New Jersey

Jill Tipograph

Everything Summer, LLC

Sam Lieberman

Putnam Investments

Blake Sunshine

Social Summer Camp

Andrew Tannenbaum

IBM Corporation

Sam Roberts

Camp America

Rob Wilk

Microsoft

Jill Kleinman

Camp Taconic

Mark Transport

Crestwood Day Camp & Camp Taconic

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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
  • Ethics and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data