Going to summer camp can be the highlight of any kids summer. Camp is where kids learn many life skills that they will take into adulthood, including learning how to be independent, how to make friends, and how to embrace new experiences. In addition to fun in the sun, summer camp is also a time to learn about kindness, belonging, diversity, inclusion, and compassion. All those positive traits are fostered at the camps that are part of SeriousFun Childrens Network, a global community of camps founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman.
Recently, CEO of SeriousFun Childrens Network, Blake Maher, and Executive Director of Rite Aid Healthy Futures, Matt DeCamara, teamed up for a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss how SeriousFun camps are spreading kindness, belonging, diversity, inclusion and hope to kids and families all around the U.S.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/1ckiqe7mcp0
How Camps Founded by Paul Newman are Spreading Kindness, Belonging, Diversity, Inclusion and Hope
Thirty-five years ago, Paul Newman, the Hollywood icon, philanthropist, and car racing champion envisioned a camp where kids living with serious and life-limiting medical conditions could break away from the everyday challenges of their illness to, in his words, raise a little hell.
Today, Serious Fun Childrens Network, the leading network of medical specialty camps in the world, boasts 30 camps and programs which have delivered more than 1.7 million life-changing camp experiences to kids living with more than 130medical conditions and their families, totally free of charge.
But the SeriousFun camp experience is more than just a week of fun and adventure. Over 80% of SeriousFun alumni campers surveyed said the SeriousFun camp experience was a major influence in the development of skills they use daily in their adult lives including the willingness to try new things, appreciation of diversity, self-identity, empathy and compassion, self-confidence, perseverance, and friendship skills.
For Rite Aid Healthy Futures, partnering with SeriousFun to support kids and families was a natural fit. Healthy Futures strives to empower children and strengthen communities every day by advancing equity and opportunity for children facing daunting challenges. The partnership with SeriousFun Childrens Network places a caring community around children with serious medical conditions and provides a needed sense of belonging for kids who spend too much time isolated in hospitals. SeriousFun camps also bring together children from a rich variety of backgrounds, experiences and locations, creating opportunities for campers, families, caregivers, and volunteers to get to know others from within or outside of their own community.
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