DreamKamp is a joint project of The Outdoor Experience Fund and CAMP LA JUNTA, sponsored in large part by our friends at Kerrville’s Board of Realtors.
DreamKamp was founded in 1997 by the Young Men’s Business League and Camp La Junta. In 2006 The Outdoor Experience Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started in 1990 for the purpose of developing innovative outdoor programs for deserving children, took over operations. DreamKamp developed as a way for Camp La Junta, working with area business and community leaders and non-profits to support successful area children with a free, yet exciting camp program.
Here’s what the Kerrville Daily Times Editorial Staff had to say about DreamKamp: “A group of over 100 exceptional kids who demonstrated a positive attitude and leadership potential are being rewarded this week. The children from Kerrville, Hunt and Ingram are participating in DreamKamp…. The process for selection is not based on grades or extracurricular performance, but reaches out to those sixth and seventh graders who have that special spark that sometimes can go unrecognized. DreamKamp gives these children, who are full of potential and hope, the chance to do out-of-the-ordinary activities during their summer. At Camp La Junta, they take part in horse riding, scuba diving, archery, boating and a host of other camp activities. The youth are offered spots to attend simply because a teacher, counselor or other school official noticed that spark and, with Camp La Junta and The Board of Realtor’s help, reached out to that child and honored them. What a remarkable program!”
The purpose of DreamKamp is to send area youth to a week of youth camp at one of the Hill Country’s fine, traditional camps. Camp La Junta caught the vision and agreed to be the inaugural host youth camp for the 1998 camp season. After the first year, Camp La Junta agreed to host DreamKamp indefinitely. In 2006, Kerrville’s Board of Realtors captured the vision and began to provide financial support to DreamKamp, helping to ensure that 125 kids each year are able to participate.
DreamKamp is a one week, coed, Christian festival of sport, splash and spirit. A full week of standard camp activities, including, horseback, canoeing, riflery, swimming, SCUBA, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes, archery, sports, water games and sailing are usually on the schedule. A strong counselor staff representing some of La Junta’s finest activity instructors, and young adults from area high schools and universities serve to instruct and lead campers in these activities as well as daily spiritual lessons and evening programs. The staff to camper ratio is 1 to 3.
Each day starts with a Bible Study begun by a community clergy and completed by the cabin counselors. Nightly there are community leaders, such as coaches, business people and government officials who speak to DreamKampers about the role which their faith has played in their success. Important goals of the program are entertainment, adventure, excitement, spiritual growth and leadership development, however the highest goal of DreamKamp is to equip campers with a strong spiritual foundation before entering their challenging middle school years.
DreamKamp lasts for a week in early August, right before the start of the new school year. The goal is always to send as many children to camp as possible, at least 125 campers, and we’re well on our way to surpass that number.
We are delighted that our funding partners like the Board of Realtors have committed to supporting nearly 100 campers. We feel strongly that no deserving children should be left out do to lack of funding.
If you would like more information on the DreamKamp program or would like to donate toward DreamKamp or sponsor a camper, contact: The Outdoor Experience Fund, P.O. Box 139, Hunt, Texas 78024 or contact Scott Fineske at firstname.lastname@example.org