At Camp Kindred we believe that we are better together. We work together to disrupt the cycle of racial and economic segregation in Milwaukee by building meaningful and enduring relationships with children, families, and communities of different race and economic advantage.
We will bring together children, guardians, and camp counselors from the city of Milwaukee who currently lack ample opportunity to connect. Through an intentional overnight camp experience, we will learn to build confidence in who we are, and to celebrate the diversity of others. With this foundation, we will then provide countless opportunities for children, parents, and staff to build meaningful relationships with their new friends. We will partner closely with schools and youth serving programs so the relationships built at camp can continue to thrive back home, disrupting the current pattern of insular relationship building within segregated communities.
Why Summer Camp?
Because we don’t have a lot of time. Many children in Milwaukee will spend most of the year with other children who look and live like them. The overnight summer camp experience is a potent catalyst for meaningful relationship building and emotional growth. In a novel and natural environment, where the field is level, children quickly begin to reach out to and rely on their cabin mates. They play and test and question their new environment. They respond to challenges alongside new friends. This is a recipe that is difficult to achieve in other youth development programs, and one that facilitates the relationship building necessary to counteract the effects of segregation.