Every child, regardless of the path in which life has led them, should experience the life changing power of true adventure in a wild place. Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always seem to be accessible to many of us in the heartland. This cannot be a truer statement than it is for lower income children, especially those from urban areas. This is why we do what we do.
We’re Camptown. We are an Indianapolis-based nonprofit staffed by passionate individuals who believe that nature provides us with the perfect platform for building leadership, teamwork, and character. We primarily serve the youth of Central Indiana. We’ve watched as children who’ve lost hope find it again in nature and we empower them to continue growing by overcoming challenges that they never thought they would encounter. We’ve taught them about ecosystems and saw the light in their eyes as they watched a hawk grab a fish from a river.
We are not a residential camp, the youth we serve don’t usually come to us. Rather, we work with youth serving organizations to provide them with backpacking, hiking, whitewater rafting, orienteering, and environmental stewardship programs that they may not have the ability to provide for themselves. Regardless of the child’s individual ability to afford our programs, it’s our pleasure to ensure that they have the opportunity to experience nature as they never have before.
In 1991, our first year, we served less than 50 children. In the last 23 years we’ve continued to grow, and in 2014 we served more than 3,000 youth. 91% of the youth we serve live in poverty, and we provide financial assistance to 99% of the programs that we run.
You’re Camptown, too. We believe that what we are doing is important and we couldn’t have experienced such success without the help of a supportive and equally passionate community. If you’d like to learn more about us, visit us online at www.camptown.net, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CamptownIndy. If you’d like to volunteer, make a donation, or explore other ways you can get involved in the adventure of a child’s lifetime, give us a call at (317) 471-8277.