Providing special needs user groups with clean, safe, barrier-free camping facilities
Ms Elizabeth Fields
PO Box 1027
Brandon, FL 33509 USA
ADA compliance, camping, children and adults with various abilities.
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Barrier Free Camping
Our vision is to provide the opportunity for all special needs people to experience the fun and enjoyment of camping.
While we do not provide actual camp programs, we are committed to working with your group to ensure that you have the space, freedom and facilities available to provide your participants with the most memorable and enjoyable camping experience of their lives.
We encourage volunteerism and welcome groups from schools; colleges; universities; companies; Rotary Clubs and individuals to come and work with us on making the camp clean, tidy and workable for all of our user groups.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Our goal is to ensure that people with varying abilities have the opportunity to experience the fun and enjoyment of camping, in a clean and safe facility without barriers. Continued community support will maintain and enhance Rotary's Camp Florida to fulfill that goal. Ultimately, with donor support, we would like to be able to provide qualified user groups with use of the facility at no cost through 100% scholarship funding.
Rotary's Camp Florida continues to reach out to Rotary Clubs throughout Florida for capital and scholarship support. To this, we have added direct appeals for financial support to community groups, corporations and individuals dedicated to the mission of the camp. Barrier-free fun for everyone!
Increased club presentations have raised awareness and giving among Rotary Clubs, and we have added a wish-list "store" and Sustaining Member opportunity to our website. We are utilizing the efficiency and reach of social media and online giving to the marketing mix.
With our 25th Anniversary coming up in December of this year, we are reaching out to all former donors, Founders and statewide Rotary Clubs.
A dedicated Board of Directors made up of area Rotarians and community leaders, and a lean and efficient staff have developed a plan to raise awareness and increase funding for the camp. Staff has increased applications for various grants for capital improvements and equipment, to maximize matching gifts.
Presently, we are able to offset the cost of facility usage to qualified user groups by 50%. As more Scholarship money is raised, those costs to user groups can be lowered. Ultimately, we would like to offer use of the facility at no cost. We will know we are making progress as we are able to lower our charges for use of the facility. We will also know we are experiencing success as we are able to secure 100% scholarship funding for specific special-needs user groups. These scholarships are based on the requests and restrictions of our donors.
What we've done so far:
Presently, we have lowered the cost to qualified user groups to 50% of actual costs. We have obtained grant money from local government to make major upgrades to cabin bathrooms and our parking area. We obtained corporate support to install new playground equipment specifically for children with disabilities. Private donors and small businesses have supported various technology advances (WiFi on campus, and upgraded website), and Rotary Clubs and members have assisted with projects to keep the camp clean and inviting.
What remains to be done:
Our goal is to increase the Scholarship fund so that user groups can enjoy use of the camp facility throughout the year, at no cost.
At this time, Rotary's Camp Florida is also actively seeking funding for a boardwalk and waterfront environmental center. There is only one other location in Hillsborough County — Nature's Classroom — that provides an opportunity for children to explore nature in a classroom setting, and it are so booked up that our special needs campers can never get in.
This project will provide our campers with their own nature center on site. Nestled between two lakes, we are fortunate there is so much wildlife at the camp that the children can observe and learn about. A boardwalk will be replacing an existing dock and will extend out over the water, and there will be various stations with activities for campers of all abilities. The boardwalk will have a gradual slope along its stretch and will culminate in the woods at the south end of the camp with an elevated environmental center.
Rotary's Camp Florida, Inc
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