Send HIV+ Kids to Summer Camp - Glennville, CA

by Camp Laurel
Activity Type: Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Water Activities, Other
Region: Pacific West

Camp Laurel is a resident camp that creates an emotionally and physically safe environment for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Please describe your project in more detail.

The social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is significant and can have a long term,          negative impact on the physical and mental health, self-esteem, and emotional security of children and youth living with HIV/AIDS. As a result, many children are living under immense stress, but are less likely to engage in social or recreational activities for fear of rejection and isolation. This sense of defeatism and withdrawal is only compounded by the associated challenges of living with HIV/AIDS, such as the loss of a parent, poverty, and homelessness. 91% of the children and youth The Laurel Foundation serves are living at or below the national poverty line, living in neglected neighborhoods, surrounded by gangs and crime. These environmental pressures, compounded by the daily challenges associated with HIV/AIDS, lead to youth becoming involved in gangs and other at-risk activities.

Through The Laurel Foundation’s year round programs, at-risk youth are able to bond with a supportive peer group through empowering sports and recreational activities, helping them see there is an alternative to gangs and crime that can lead to a successful, productive life. The Laurel Foundation’s programs provide this vulnerable population with a safe environment, both physically and emotionally, where they can challenge themselves to overcome their perceive capacities, and develop crucial lives skills, such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and risk-taking. Theses programs, centered around athletics and outdoor education, also offer opportunities for children and youth to set personal goals and strive towards them, which builds up their self-esteem, self-worth, independence, and respect for self. By using traditional sports activities (swimming, basketball, archery, soccer, paddle sports, etc.) as a catalyst for self-development, The Laurel Foundation is able to help participants develop a foundation of physical and mental health, which provides them with the tools to build successful, healthy, and productive lives. 

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

Camp Laurel will serve 65 children and youth aged 6-17, from inner city, low income areas of Southern California.

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

The project is run by The Laurel Foundation.