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Lois Pope on Building a Better Childhood at Summer Camp

July 8, 2013

Philanthropist Lois PopeLois Pope, noted philanthropist and founder of the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., explains how children can benefit from attending summer camp. For more than 15 years, contributions to Mrs. Pope’s LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education) have allowed more than 14,500 kids to attend summer camp.

Many children, especially those raised in low-income families, spend summers with less adult supervision than is ideal. For some kids, this means turning to friends or other unsupervised youths for community. If kids get the wrong influence, they may turn to drugs or petty crime. Summer camps provide children with steady supervision and a caring community while they form positive relationships.

This positive environment developed at summer camps is defined by four “C’s”: compassion, commitment, character, and contribution. With these values in mind, camp staff members encourage sharing, creative thinking, growing and learning, and friendship. Children come away from summer camp feeling capable and included. Attending camp not only keeps children away from negative influences, but young people also gain experiences that can help them to grow into compassionate and productive citizens.

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