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CAMP RISE UP 2021

August 29-September 3, 2020

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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: mmiller@thefloatinghospital.org.

Support a camper

“It brought tears to my eyes when my group referred to me as their big sister. It helped remind me that I can do something important.”

– Camp Rise Up alumna and counselor-in-training

“Something I learned about myself since becoming a camp counselor? I’m strong.”

– Camp Rise Up alumna and counselor-in-training

To donate to Camp Rise Up, please click here or contact Ellen Barker at ebarker@thefloatinghospital.org.

CAMP RISE UP 2021

“I WAS MAD AT MY MOM FOR SIGNING ME UP. BUT, AS THE DAYS PASSED, EVERYBODY STARTED TO FEEL LIKE A FAMILY TO ME.”

At Camp Rise Up, kids living homelessness can exercise, build confidence, and learn about self-care in a beautiful, natural setting. Your generous donation will help send a teen to Rhinebeck, New York for a week of swimming, hiking, and interactive health education classes on topics like communication and consent. For many of these young people, Camp Rise Up represents their first encounter with nature, a positive experience that can shape their health, relationships and future.

$100

Will get a young person a new pair of sneakers for camp and the school year.

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$250

Will cover the cost of round-trip transportation to and from camp

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$1,000

Will fully underwrite the cost of round-trip transportation, food, lodging, all their necessities and programming for one camper

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