Each year, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation provides a one-of-a-kind experience to encourage kids, opening their eyes to a world of possibilities. Summer camp is an incentive to kids 8-14 who participate in our programs. Living in distressed communities, about 70% of them are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Staff at our local partner organizations select both young leaders and troubled youth who have recently begun to turn the corner towards a successful and healthy life.
Coaches teach baseball/softball basics while using teachable moments on the field to stress teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and respect. Campers meet friends from across the country and try new things like zip lining and rock climbing.
Camp is one part of what we do: teaching kids to make smart choices and engaging law enforcement as mentors. This improves relationships between kids and police, teaches kids to set life goals, and keeps them engaged in positive activities.