While there is still lots of snow on the ground, it is not too early to think about summer camp. The Detroit Public Schools is fortunate to own a camp facility near Chelsea, Mich. where students are able to have a camp experience that offers the opportunity to participate in adventure activities, marvel at the gifts of nature, and learn about themselves in ways that do not occur in the traditional classroom. These experiences are invaluable in helping to create a holistic education for hundreds of DPS students each year. Here at the DPS Foundation we are pleased to support the district in ensuring that as many students as feasible attend the camp.

Currently the Foundation is in partnership with the district to raise funds for camp upgrades and broader student engagement. Last year we held a successful drive for personal camp supplies for students who were not able to afford the necessary clothing and cosmetics. This year we are asking for your support of “camperships” which will provide an array of items that will directly benefit the students and ensure that no one is precluded from participation because of lack of resources. One Hundred Dollars ($100) will fully support a student for a full week camp experience. Your contributions can be sent by check to our mailing address, or via the “donate now” link on our website.

You are also encouraged to contribute to the plans to enhance the camp experience by adding new opportunities for activities. Any amount that you are able to contribute will assist in ensuring a state-of-the-art camp experience. Plans include a climbing wall ($32,000), Gaga Ball pits ($2,000), low ropes course ($18,000), zip line tours ($75,000), fishing dock ($30,000), Wet Willy slides ($48,000), tree house ($40,000), play scape ($75,000), greenhouse ($40,000), trail clearance ($5,000), and free nature play area ($10,000). Every dollar makes a difference in providing a high quality experience for students who would otherwise not be able to see the stars, challenges themselves, support their peers, and develop the self-confidence to go beyond their neighborhoods. Please help.