Camp Aldersgate, Inc. (Little Rock, AR)


  • Name:Megan Kennedy
  • Title:Grant Writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Aldersgate, Inc.
  • Address:2000 Aldersgate Road
    Little Rock, AR 72205
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:501-225-1444
  • Main fax:501-225-2019

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  • Mission:
  • Camp Aldersgate creates life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs, enabling them to expand their world and express their unique voice.

  • Overview:
  • Camp Aldersgate’s mission is to create life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs, enabling them to expand their world and express their unique voice. The Camp’s vision is to be an active champion for youth and adults with special needs. We maintain a high standard of excellence in all aspects of our programming, service, environment and operations. Our work is guided by the needs and potential of each person.

    Primary beneficiaries of the Camp’s services include children with medical or physical conditions or developmental delays, youth, and senior adults, as well as families or caregivers who need a brief relief or rest from daily caregiving responsibilities. A wide range of medical conditions and disabilities exists among our campers, including spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, asthma, bleeding disorders, heart conditions, kidney disorders, diabetes, amputations, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and cancer.

    In order to accomplish its mission, Camp Aldersgate offers the following programs:
    Summer Med Camps - Provides children with disabilities, ages 6-18, access to traditional camp activities through six weeks during the summer; Weekend Respite Camps - Gives the parents of children, ages 6-18, with developmental disabilities and physical conditions a break from daily caregiving while providing a fun, recreational setting for children 16 weekends during the school year; Kota Camps - Provides children with and without disabilities an opportunity to excel and learn disability awareness during two week-long and two weekend camps throughout the year; Youth Volunteer Counselor Program - Provides youth, beginning at age 14, the opportunity for personal growth through volunteer experiences with campers with special needs; Seniors Day Out - Gives senior adults in the community social interaction, activities, and a nutritious lunch once a week from August-May.

    The following are the long-term goals for Camp Aldersgate:
    Goal 1: Camping- Contribute to the mental, physical, social, and spiritual growth of children and youth who have medical or physical conditions or who are developmentally delayed.
    Goal 2: Respite Care- Help preserve the stability of families of children and youth with medical or physical conditions or who are developmentally delayed and improve the families’ abilities to cope with daily responsibilities.
    Goal 3: Orientation and Training- Improve the knowledge, understanding, and abilities of families and caregivers to live with and care for children and youth with medical or physical conditions or who are developmentally delayed.
    Goal 4: Out-of-Doors Camp Environment- Maintain all Camp Aldersgate’s programs with an overall focus on the out-of-doors camp environment. Provide opportunities for discovery in the natural surroundings and outdoor camp setting.
    Goal 5: Utilization and Expansion of Programming - Create new opportunities in and enhancements of programming by adding more active programming for senior adults and new programming for young adults with special needs, a new population not currently being served by Camp Aldersgate.

  • History:
  • Camp Aldersgate was formally dedicated in 1947. Located on the grounds of a former turkey farm, the 120-acre camp held its first programs in a renovated farmhouse and turkey brooder houses. The purpose of the new Camp was to provide a place where people of different races could come together peacefully to work on church and community development projects.

    As one of the first integrated facilities in the United States, Camp Aldersgate’s role in race relations led to challenges for the board, staff, and participants during the 1950s. Gunshots were fired into camp, board members received threatening phone calls, and the dam at the lake was dynamited. However, the leadership of the Camp allowed programs to continue, and the Camp remained open in the midst of these challenges.

    In response to community needs, new social service programs were added at Camp Aldersgate during the 1970s. Dr. Kelsy Caplinger, a Little Rock physician, organized the first summer medical camp for 12 children who had medical conditions that prevented them from attending other camps. The Seniors Day Out program, then one of the South’s largest programs for senior adults, was also founded during this time. In the early 1980s, the Weekend Respite Camps program was started for children with disabilities whose parents needed an occasional break, or “respite.” Today Camp Aldersgate continues its commitment to providing year-round social service programs and is Arkansas’ only non-profit uniquely dedicated to serving children with disabilities, youth, and senior adults in a camp environment.

  • Year established:1947
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:23
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:16


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:71-0265209

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:710265209
  • Organization Name:CAMP ALDERSGATE INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% REGINA RIEHL
  • Organization Address:2000 ALDERSGATE RD
  • Organization City:LITTLE ROCK
  • Organization State:AR
  • Organization Zip:72205-7018
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):7, 1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Religious Organization, Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1977
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):029, 325
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other religious activities, Camp
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:N20Z
  • Asset Amount:$12,847,193
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,143,324
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,111,776
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:02:10 pm

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