Gearing up for Camp Rise Up
August 27-September 1, 2023: As we get ready to say goodbye to summer, Camp Rise Up campers will say hello to a week of outdoor recreation, self-care and making new friends in a beautiful rural environment. The Floating Hospital’s Camp Rise Up, now in its fifth year, is free to families living in homeless shelters, domestic violence safe houses and other temporary housing. During an exhilarating, activity-packed week, campers stretch their minds and their bodies: canoeing, hiking, zip-lining and s’mores are on the agenda, along with interactive classroom lessons, workshops and outdoor games designed to foster personal strength, self-esteem and help them stay in school. 63% of this year’s estimated 80 campers are alumni, a data point we are proud of (and encouraged by).
Camp director Dr. Meghan Miller says, “It’s an educational experience under the guise of a fun getaway. And the camp has far-reaching impact, something we hoped for when we first created it.”
The camp experience also includes a special leadership track where young people receive advanced lessons on critical thinking, behavior management, social justice and coaching. This August, we welcome 15 campers who have completed that training and are returning as counselors in training or counselors.
Camp does not end with the bus ride home. Monthly check-ins and several in-person recreational outings throughout the year reinforce teachings and strengthen connections.
Camp Rise Up is life-changing, an unencumbered opportunity for young people to learn about themselves, test their capabilities and open their hearts to a hopeful future.
Says former camper and current counselor José Miranda: “I’ve been a patient at The Floating Hospital, and I’ve been a camper, and now I’m a staff member. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities camp has given me. I’m in a good spot right now.”
Wish you were there? This video will help you experience a bit of Camp Rise Up joy.