The Park Authority's RecPAC Summer Camp Program delivered high quality activities and projects in a structured recreation program to more than 4,200 in the summer of 2016. In a county as wealthy as ours is, it’s hard to believe that 69,657 people live in poverty and 19,178 of those are children under 18! These families must live on less than $24,250 a year and camps are out of their reach.
Fortunately, donations from the Park Foundation’s generous donors allowed 2,420 children from low income families to attend RecPAC summer camp last year! More than 10,342 weeks of RecPAC summer camp at 44 school sites were made possible to children in need through the RecPAC scholarship program.
RecPAC summer camp spans six weeks and lasts seven hours per day. It provides relief to many working parents and caregivers, who may have no other choice but to leave children at home without supervision. Camp activities include fitness and nutrition, indoor and outdoor games, sports, nature, crafts, talent shows and community service projects. There are even special inclusion sites for children with special needs.
RecPAC participated in the FCPA’s Solar Eclipse educational outreach during the camp week of July 31 - August 4. This hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program will teach children and parents how to safely watch the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 and will actively engage children in the fun of learning science
The Park Authority provides a safe and supervised summer for young people. Private donations are needed to bolster the program and ensure financial assistance for the neediest kids. You can give a child a week of summer activity for $50 or a full six weeks of summer programming for only $300. A contribution of $1,000 would provide engaging activities for an entire school site for the summer.
Despite significant budget cuts over the past several years, RecPAC continues to offer Fairfax County residents high quality service. Over 89% of parents are very or extremely satisfied with RecPAC. The program also produces significant results:
- On average, over 2,700 attend RecPAC weekly at one of the 44 school sites supervised by more than 300 paid staff.
- 224 older adolescents, often former campers themselves, participated in the Counselors-in-Training program, helping to support staff and serve as role models.
- Each participant enrolled all summer long engaged in over 140 hours of rigorous physical activity.
- Nearly 100% of the children completed nutrition-related activities that included preparing a fitness activity book with exercises, games, food group information and health facts to share with their families.
- In "RecPAC Gives Back,"campers participated in a season-ending finale of community service. They held over 40 school clean ups, planted trees, collected canned food for local charities and organized fundraisers for a variety of local groups.
Please make a commitment to the children of our community. Help provide a safe, supervised summer for needy kids.
Read the RecPAC appeal letter.
Please help us provide low income kids with bright futures and the same summer camp experience as other children. Your contribution will help make camp a reality for these children. The smiles on their faces will be our biggest thank you!
Here's what some campers said were their favorite things:
- "Being with my friends."
- "Playing bumper pool."
- "Making bracelets and keychains from gimp."
- "End of summer party!"