Camp To Belong (Victor, ID)

Name

  • Name:Liz Onufer
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp To Belong
  • Address:P.O. Box 1147
    Victor, ID 83455
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(208) 390-0950

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General

  • Mission:
  • Camp To Belong (CTB) is an international camp membership organization that connects and reunites siblings in foster care or other out of home care. Our mission is to provide quality standards, guidance, and support for Member Camps and also advocate for and promote the rights of siblings in care to be connected or reunited.

  • Overview:
  • Camp To Belong reunites brothers and sisters in a week-long camp environment to create childhood memories that they would not have otherwise due to living in separate homes. Facilitated by its Member Camps and supported by Camp To Belong International, the CTB summer camp model is intentionally designed to strengthen the sibling bond, which in turn improves the outcomes for youth in foster care immediately and long term.

    The intentional programming is delivered through the Signature Events replicated across the Member Camps. The CTB Signature Events are designed and facilitated to support the mental, emotional, and relational health of the campers, as well as promote positive behavior. The Signature Events include:

    Birthday Party: Siblings choose gifts for one another from a “shop” of donated gifts and create birthday cards. One evening is dedicated to a camp-wide birthday party where sibling groups celebrate with birthday cakes and gift exchanges. The party serves as an opportunity to make up for missed opportunities to celebrate important life occasions together.

    Life Seminar: Participants ages 14 and over attend the Life Seminar program designed to empower older youth to advocate for their rights and provides education on the options and resources available for college and career readiness.

    Sibling Pillow: Siblings create and exchange pillows with personal messages to provide a take-home keepsake and the space for the articulation of their feelings.

    Inspiration Night: This activity is an evening designed to reduce isolation, empower youth, and provide positive role models. From inspirational guest speakers to sibling sharing, Inspiration Night contributes to the youths’ ability to respond to conflict and improve self-esteem and self-efficacy.

    Scrapbooks: Siblings are provided scrapbooks, materials, and printed photos of their week at camp. They create a visual representation of their experiences and memories and use the take-home keepsake as a place to write messages to one another and personal reflections on the week.

    Throughout the week, the campers also participate in traditional camp activities, such as boating, horseback riding, swimming, and challenge courses, that support the positive outcomes. A week at CTB offers separated siblings time to share bunk beds, eat meals together, learn to horseback ride, cheer each other on the climbing walls and experience 24 hours a day for six continuous days of life as brothers and sisters. The outcomes of a week at CTB include improved self-esteem, increased resiliency, enhanced conflict management skills, and the connection to a wider support network.

    Camp To Belong International offers the support and resources to ensure the success of each Member Camp program. Through their association with Camp To Belong, Member Camps receive programming plans, a wide variety of resources, fundraising in common, evaluation models, and analysis and reports of outcomes. In an effort to uphold the integrity and spirit of the CTB model, volunteer counselors at each Member Camp receive online training, in cooperation with the American Camping Association. Recently, CTB has expanded its scope of services to Member Camps by assisting local leadership teams with strategic planning, fund development planning, and board development to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of every Member Camp.

  • History:
  • Founded by Lynn Price in 1995, Camp To Belong (CTB) was created for siblings separated in foster care to attend a week-long camp program intentionally designed to build relationships and create lifetime memories they would not otherwise have. As a child, Lynn Price was separated from her sister in foster care and did not build this sibling relationship until her adulthood. As a result of this experience, Lynn hosted the first CTB with 32 campers in Las Vegas, NV to ensure separated siblings had the opportunity she did not as a child in foster care. This first camp grew into a replicable model that has been implemented at eleven Member Camps across the U.S. and in Australia. The foundation of each camp remains true to Lynn’s mission and vision. Today, through the collaborative efforts of the Member Camps, Camp To Belong International has reunited over 10,00 brothers and sisters.

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:1

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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