KOSTOPULOS DREAM FOUNDATION CAMP KOSTOPULOS

Opening a World of Opportunities for People of All Abilities

aka Camp Kostopulos   |   Salt Lake Cty, UT   |  www.campk.org

Mission

Kostopulos Dream Foundation (Camp K) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all abilities, including those with disabilities or special medical needs, through education, recreation, and growth opportunities. Our year-round educational programs provide opportunities to improve physical fitness levels, learn healthy lifestyle skills, access/enjoy their community, the arts, sports, and adaptive recreation. We encourage them to stretch their imaginations, learn practical life skills and problem-solving skills, maximize their potential for independence, and build healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. We also teach valuable 21st Century skills: self-confidence, self-control, persistence, flexibility, adaptability, curiosity, initiative, communication, and collaboration.

Ruling year info

1953

President and CEO

Mr. Mircea Divricean

Main address

4180 E Emigration Canyon Rd

Salt Lake Cty, UT 84108 USA

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EIN

87-6125177

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Caring for and treating disabilities affecting children and adults affects the socioeconomic status of one's entire family. According to the 2010 Census, 19% of the population has a disability, with more than half of them reporting a severe disability. Many people with disabilities, and their families, live in persistent poverty.

Children and adults with disabilities require greater attention that the standard 1:8 ratio offered in traditional day care or summer programs. Alternatives with adequate care place a strain on the family's finances, leaving few resources available for educational or recreational opportunities. This frequently leaves the families and caregivers overwhelmed with the prospects of caring for their loved ones, and sorely in need of respite.

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?

Summer Camp

We offer 3 types of summer camp experiences: Residential Camp, Day Camp, and Travel Trip Camps. Each summer, we offer 10-12 weeks of camp. A typical week of camp runs from Monday morning to Friday afternoon, with Residential and Travel Trip campers spending 4 overnights with Camp K. The Residential and Day camps take place on our 25-acre campus in Emigration Canyon. Trip campers journey to local destinations, or nearby sites of National, historic, or scenic interest, including destinations such as Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Zions National Park, Moab, and Bear Lake. All campers receive 24-hour assistance, care, and supervision from our trained staff members, on a 1:4 ratio. Campers have the opportunity to interact with and ride horses, climb/traverse the high ropes course, explore and learn about nature, swim, fish, canoe, hike, and many other fun, recreational activities. Each camper sets goals at the beginning of each week, and their progress is monitored throughout the week.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Camp K has partnered with many great organizations to provide a 2-in-1 camping experience for kids in elementary school, who do not have special needs. We believe in inclusion, and want all members of the community to have the opportunity to come to Camp K. Kids who attend our Partner Camps share our facilities with our campers who have cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Through this experience, they will learn that people with disabilities are just like them – they just have different challenges and abilities! The Partner Camp program allows the kids to spend half of their time at our Partner’s facility, and half of their time at Camp K participating in outdoor learning adventures and nature education. We switch sites in the middle of the day so that the campers can get the best of both worlds. Partners in 2015 included Natural History Museum of Utah, Bad Dog Arts, Tanner Dance, Red Butte Gardens, and U of U Youth Programs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Programs run from September - April. Activities consist of enrichment and educational programs, including: arts and drama, music, culinary arts, bowling leagues, horseback riding, snow adventures, holiday parties, themed mini-camps, dances, and many other activities with an emphasis on learning new skills through recreational therapy. Transportation is provided to all students in these programs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Our equestrian park and indoor arena allows Camp K to provide valuable equine therapy year-round. Equine therapy helps build confidence, communication, trust, social skills, impulse control, and boundaries, as well as increasing physical strength and balance. We have a “sensory trail”, where students discover different sights, textures, and sounds while riding a horse, which is particularly helpful for children with autism. We also offer riding lessons year-round to people of all abilities. Additionally, we provide equestrian services to other individuals and organizations within our community. We also provide equestrian experiences for every camper during Summer Camp, and have weekly equestrian activities during the Community Based programs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

This program teaches our students the skills necessary to enter the workplace. Each session includes hands-on experience to mock a real work environment. Expected outcomes are: increased confidence in the work environment, appropriate social skills/customer service, basic financial literacy, increased attention span and concentration, decreased number of prompts and supervision needed. Specific training will be provided in basic food handling, custodial, grounds and maintenance, landscaping, equestrian care, and clerical work. The training received during this program will prepare the students to move into our Work Experience program.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents

This program allows students to use the skills and knowledge gained in the Vocational Rehab program, gain real work experience, and earn a paycheck. Students will work at Camp K during Summer camp, in the following job roles: Kitchen Support, Grounds & Maintenance, Clerical Work, and Equestrian Care. This program is extremely beneficial to both the students and to Camp K. The students fully embrace our “Everyone Can” philosophy, experience the success of a job well done, and have the opportunity to give back to their peers.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents

Offers an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses of groups, break down barriers between individuals, improve creativity and problem solving, and improve communication. This program focuses on group and personal skill development, targeting elements of: trust building; team work/team play; communication styles, techniques, and insights; problem solving and group strategy; risk taking; physical movement and challenged growth; respect and appreciation of others and their differences; cooperation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

Charity Navigator 2016

Awards

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 people of all abilities who received social, emotional, and physical support

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

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

There is an unfortunate stigma surrounding people with disabilities. Many in our society, including people with disabilities and their families, believe that “they can't": they can't succeed, they can't have a job, they can't successfully integrate into their community. This belief has been reinforced by our society, and the way that people with disabilities are treated by the community as a whole. Because of these beliefs, and the stigma associated, there is little motivation for them to venture out and try to do something different. Many of these people are relegated to a sedentary, and often very lonely, life. And, most are fully dependent upon State/Federal programs, or family members, for their full financial support.

At Camp K, we believe that “everyone can". We see what they can do on a regular basis, as they participate in the activities at Camp K. Camp K shows the students, families, caregivers, and our entire community, what our students can accomplish. We are changing the paradigm for our students, their families, and the community as a whole, as we demonstrate what they “Can Do". This will open the door to expanding the horizons for this vulnerable population, and help to increase their levels of independence in all areas, including financial independence.

All of Camp K's programs encourage students to stretch their imaginations, learn practical life skills, maximize their potential for independence, and build healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. We teach students about setting goals and successfully meeting expectations.

Camp K is helping to shift the paradigm, by teaching people with disabilities that they can succeed, and make a meaningful contribution to the program they are a part of. Ultimately, these successful experiences will impact our entire community.

Camp K utilizes Therapeutic Recreation as the basis for our programs. We achieve positive outcomes through positive support. The two main theories that are used in the Kostopulos Dream Foundation's therapeutic recreation (TR) services are the Humanistic and Behaviorist approach. The Humanistic approach emphasizes the importance of personal choice, individual freedom and the right and responsibilities of individuals to be in control of their own lives.

At the beginning of each program (weekly for Summer Camp, or monthly for other programs), an intake process is completed with each student. During that process, our staff helps the student/caregiver set Goals and Objectives that will be focused on during the program. Some Goal examples are increasing concentration/attention span, increasing strength, increasing social skills, improving attitudes leading to a healthy lifestyle. Objectives then translate into specific actions that the student will take (with our staff's help) to achieve their goals and demonstrate that they have gained a new skill. Objectives are specific, measurable, and achievable. An example is: camper will introduce themselves to one new person each day, by maintaining eye contact, shaking their hand, and asking their name, as observed by staff."

Our staff documents each student's progress on the Camper evaluation form, indicating how well the student did overall, and specifically toward meeting their goals and objectives.

Kostopulos Dream Foundation has provided life-changing learning opportunities for people of all abilities for more than 50 years.

Our Leadership Team has extensive experience in working with our programs and people with disabilities. Our CEO has been involved in every aspect of our programs – from summer camp counselor, to operations, finances, and every aspect of the business – for 20 years. Our COO has also been directly involved with our programs for 14 years.

Specific program content is developed by our Program Staff, who are all Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists. Our programs are updated continuously to ensure that we are providing the highest level of service to our students.

We work closely with Utah's Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and other agencies to ensure that our policies and procedures are in line with current standards. We work closely with Utah's Division of Workforce Services for our Vocational Rehabilitation and Work Experience programs, to ensure that we are meeting pre-defined expectations for these programs. We are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA), which ensures that we provide the highest standards of care, safety, and services for our campers. We are the only ACA accredited camp in Utah that serves people with disabilities.

Our students are referred to us through DSPD, Primary Children's Hospital, United Way, and other agencies, as well as referrals from friends/family members. Each new student is evaluated when they enter our programs, to ensure that our programs are a good fit for them, and to establish goals for them. Students make significant gains in self-esteem, social skills, recreation skills, and independence at Camp Kostopulos. Specific goals are set for each student and their family at the beginning of each program.

Camp K started with a dream. Dan Kostopulos, the founder of this incredible program. He is an example of a person who never gave up when faced with adversity. Life is a challenge and an opportunity - if you have the right attitude, then you will leave behind a legacy. Dan Kostopulos definitely left behind a legacy. Dan immigrated to the U.S.A in 1929. From the very beginning, he was oriented and focused on making a difference in his community. The mission and values that Dan built into the foundation of Camp K 50 years ago are still very alive today, they are set to prove that there are no boundaries to one's potential or abilities, and that nobody should be excluded or left behind.

Kostopulos Dream Foundaiton continue to fulfill Dan's dream - a dream for a better world, a more accepting , inclusive world, without barriers, where everyone is given a chance. During this time, all the dreams that our founding fathers had were originally generated by the hopes of children. Hopes for a better life, an independent life, a meaningful life. All those dreams were turned into goals, and our staff and supporters over the years have worked diligently to find solutions so that the goals are turned into reality.

We serve every year over 3,500 people with special needs and all abilities from all over the country and the world. At Camp K we believe that everyone "Can".

Some of the Highlights for Kostopulos Dream Foundation include (as of 2016):
• 4 consecutive 4-star Charity ratings from Charity Navigator
• 6 consecutive Safety 1st awards from Markel Insurance
• 30+ consecutive years accreditation from American Camp Association
• Mircea Divricean, Our President and CEO, was the 1st non-profit Executive to complete Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Our next steps are to continue strengthening our programs, by building strong partnerships within our community. We will continue to work closely with Utah's Division of Human Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, Division of Workforce Services, and many other great organizations within our community. We will ensure that we are able to continue improving the quality of life for people of ALL abilities for the next 50 years, and beyond.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our services are available to people of all abilities, levels of income, and place of residence. Our vision is to ensure that individuals with physical and cognitive challenges achieve full participation in their communities by focusing on their abilities and through the development, implementation, and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Examples of changes the Kostopulos Dream Foundation has been in response to feedback includes activities provided during Day Camp (some activities not as popular or well liked as others) When deciding specific Community Outings to offer, we use the feedback from our participants to select more desired locations. Also, our pandemic response and protocols were made with participant and family concerns in mind.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our relationships with the individuals we serve and their families has only grown stronger, as our actions have shown that we value our participants feedback and want to make our services the best that they can be.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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KOSTOPULOS DREAM FOUNDATION CAMP KOSTOPULOS

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

Mr. Quinton Stephens

Utah Communications Authority

Term: 2017 - 2020

Tom Barkes

Goldman Sachs

Andrea Moss

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Layne Smith

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Jerry Cook

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David Metivier

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Richard Greene

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Kyle Winther

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Spencer Critchett

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Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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