We had another unforgettable summer at The Floating Hospital’s Camp Rise Up! Held on the lush 250-acre rural campus of Camp Ramapo in the Hudson Valley, Camp Rise Up is for young people, ages 12-15, and free to families living in homeless shelters, domestic violence safe houses and other temporary housing.
During a fun, activity-packed week, campers stretched their minds and their bodies. A few days of rainy weather did not stop us! Camp Rise Up is all about exploration and discovery, offering youth the opportunity to learn about their physical development and emotions as well as important practical skills to help them to stay in school and gain employment.
This year’s camp curricula included workshops, outdoor games and activities designed to foster personal strength, self-esteem and other essential life skills. Health education workshops on puberty, communication and consent, identity, healthy relationships and substance abuse helped campers build self-confidence and the skills needed to navigate conflict. Sessions on practical skills, including financial literacy and job readiness helped them develop strategies for making smart choices and prepare for their futures. Fun and creative outdoor activities, including swimming, boating, hiking, music and arts and crafts promote good health, social negotiation skills and enhanced self-respect.
For information about attending Camp Rise Up, contact Meghan Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.