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CAMP CORRAL

Transforming the Lives of Children and Families of Wounded, Ill, and Fallen Military Heroes Through Camp, Advocacy, and Enrichment Programs

aka Camp Corral   |   Raleigh, NC   |  www.campcorral.org

Mission

The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of the children of wounded, ill, injured and fallen service members by providing a unique summer camp experience.

Ruling year info

2012

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Leigh Longino

Main address

801 N. West St

Raleigh, NC 27603 USA

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EIN

45-3555807

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of the children of wounded, ill, and fallen military heroes through camp, advocacy, and enrichment programs. These programs provide much needed peer connection opportunities, positive coping and resilience skills, and self-confidence, all which boost overall mental and physical well-being. Right at 70% of the children served by Camp Corral perform caregiving duties in their wounded warrior or survivor households. These additional responsibilities create an additional burden to the already challenging lifestyle led by military-connected families. The caregiving duties performed by these children often prevent them from forming connections with other children who can understand their unique lifestyle, effects their ability to perform well in school, and prevents them from being able to participate in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities. All of which can cause feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety.

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?

Camp Corral

Camp Corral offers recreational programs designed specifically to empower Americas military children to make connections, build coping skills, and increase self-confidence. As a national leader and provider of educational resources, research, and advocacy related to the challenges faced by children of wounded, ill, and fallen military service members, many of whom provide caregiving duties within the wounded warrior family unit, Camp Corral helps build life skills to empower strong, resilient, and independent individuals.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence 2014

American Camp Association

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 children served

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

Children and youth, Veterans, Adults, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Camp Corral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of campers served by year. Since 2011, Camp Corral has served over 32,000 campers.

Percent of children who made new friends at camp

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

Children and youth, Veterans, Caregivers

Related Program

Camp Corral

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Children and youth, Caregivers

Related Program

Camp Corral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Describes the total number of camping partners working with Camp Corral to provide this program.

Number of members from priority population attending training

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Camp Corral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Camp Corral defines the priority population as campers who have a parent or legal guardian who is wounded, injured, ill, or fallen

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.

The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing camp, advocacy, and enrichment programs.

At Camp Corral, we start with the child to serve the wounded warrior and family. In addition, we focus on paying tribute to the sacrifices of military children by seeking to understand their needs, and by offering intentional life tools to empower strong, resilient, and independent individuals.

Camp Corral is a national non-profit organization that focuses on offering therapeutic recreational programs and holistic services designed specifically to empower America’s most vulnerable military children and their families.

Camp Corral is a national leader and provider of educational resources, research, and advocacy related to the mental health concerns and very real hardships faced by children of wounded, ill, and fallen military service members, many of whom provide caregiving duties within the wounded warrior family unit.

All camp sessions are provided free of charge to children ages 8 – 15 and offer a truly diverse group of military-connected youth and their families a chance to form connections with others who share similar experiences.

Camp Corral programs provide meaningful opportunities for healing, growing, and re-energizing a weary heart for thousands of children representing every state in the nation. The children who participate in Camp Corral programs experience adventure, test their limits, challenge their fears, celebrate their accomplishments, and make life-affirming friendships that assure them they are not alone.

In addition to traditional week-long summer camp programs, Camp Corral offers enrichment programs including art therapeutic sessions, learning workshops, pen pal programming, peer-network groups, and other engaging activities. Most of these programs are offered virtually for convenience to attendees. These programs reinforce already established support systems and help build new peer connections, while also offering opportunities for respite activities and the bolstering of confidence and coping skills.

Our Family Camp Retreats offer wounded warrior families an opportunity to enhance their individual and family resilience as they respite, reconnect, and strengthen the bonds of their unity in an emotionally safe environment free from the daily stressors of their lives.

Beginning in the summer of 2020, Camp Corral embarked upon a strategic planning process to refresh its vision, mission, and core values, along with future priorities, strategies, and success metrics. The focus of this process has been on how to Shape the Future, especially in the light of the very disruptive global pandemic in 2020 and 2021. The process involved includes inputs from key stakeholder groups, including Camp Corral team members, board of directors, operating partners, wounded warrior families, as well as corporate and individual donors. The outcome of this process was to build an Agile Strategy Map to serve as the strategic roadmap for the next 3-5 years.

The next step in the strategic development process was to conduct a similar self-assessment with the board of directors to examine what changes or pivots might be necessary to help the board evolve to support the stated Camp Corral Strategy Map direction. As such, the board participated in a customized self-assessment survey to rate board effectiveness in ten areas of board responsibility. Additionally, board members identified the priority areas for board development and specific changes needed to operate more effectively. Their input to the Camp Corral Strategy Map will help reshape areas of board involvement and engagement, ensuring total alignment with board, staff, and those we serve.

The primary areas of strategic focus are mission critical projects: Refine and Grow the Brand, Elevate Impact, Grow Research and Advocacy, Build Sustainable Support, and Strive for Operational Standards of Excellence.

Having provided more than 30,000 children with summer camp and year-round resilience program experiences since 2011, we are uniquely positioned to understand and champion for the needs of our the children and families of our nation's wounded, ill, and fallen military service members.

We seek to gain deeper insight into the needs of our veteran and active military families so we can provide relevant services, drive innovative thinking, and amplify the voices of our military community. We do that through expanding our staffing efforts, education, and expertise and by aligning with community partners. The staff and board of Camp Corral are dedicated to collaborative partnerships to enhance the potential impact of programs and to strengthen services for military-connected families.

This coming year we anticipate serving more than 4,000 military-connected children, and more than 500 wounded warrior family members. To amplify our resources for research, data, and program evaluation, we have formed partnerships with several educational and research organizations, as well as state university researchers who focus upon child caregiving, recreational and art therapy, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, exceptional family member, neuro-diversity, and physical diversity supports.

Over 30,000 military-connected children from every state in the nation have been supported through Camp Corral programs. The team at Camp Corral maintains communication with these families year-round, providing timely resources, information on upcoming programs, and other opportunities. Throughout the year Camp Corral provides holistic programs such as resource webinars, virtual therapeutic art classes, and peer support groups to build upon the experiences and lessons received at summer camp. Families often share that Camp Corral is the only service organization to which they are connected and that it is their main source of support and access to resources as challenges arise for their families.

Each Camp Corral program is uniquely tailored to address the areas that have been identified as most common needs for military children and their families, including peer connections and support systems, respite opportunities, confidence-building, and coping skills.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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CAMP CORRAL

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ray McCulloch

Lance Trenary

Ebon Freeman-James

Kat Shreve

Ray McCulloch

Adam Daland

Tony Jeffreys

Mary Beth Ormiston

Jimmy Tulton

Kevin McClendon

O. Temple Sloan

Tracey Burgoon

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2021

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
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/07/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.