Camp Swift is officially back in action! The rain couldn’t stop us from having a very successful day 1 filled with lots of fun and laughter! Today would not have been possible without our incredible counselors, who have already proved themselves as great role models and our dedicated support staff!
Campers arrived this morning at 11 o’clock and were greeted by Director of Fun, Zach Schawelson and Director of Special Programs, Kara Sherman, who provided a cheerful, fun introduction to Camp Swift. We then had a yummy pasta lunch, followed by everyone taking a trip to the Krazy Keppies store and loading up. After that, we went into different programs all afternoon, had a yummy dinner, then wound down the day with a fun evening programs for each unit. Staff Director, Matt Wall made sure that everything ran smoothly and made us even more excited for Camp Swift Day 2.
This year’s theme for Camp Swift is the Olympics, of course! All our programming and decorations are Olympic themed and we have assigned each cabin a country to represent this week. This has included learning about Olympic sports, playing them, and practicing the values that Olympians live their life by. We might even have a future Olympian among us!
Swift Youth Foundation stands in solidarity with all those who are fighting for a better and more just world. In our 40 years of existence, we have never stopped doing the work to provide year-round resources and programming for communities that may not otherwise have them and to offer nothing but love, respect, and dignity to every single person that touches our organization.
At Swift, we envision a future of youth and teens who are equipped with the leadership skills to reach their full potential and are inspired to carry out a lifelong commitment to their communities. We know that this vision cannot be fully realized for our community until systemic injustice and racism are eliminated from our society and we believe unequivocally that black lives matter.
Among our core values is a belief that youth, teens and young adults with a commitment to social action are critical in building a better world. That’s why we are proud to be an organization that empowers the voices of people of color and support them when they use their voice to make a difference. We also want our volunteers, donors and providers to be proud of their involvement in our organization every step of the way. We will continue to listen to their voices so that we can be better serve our community.
How did you first become involved with Swift Youth Foundation?
Each year approximately 125 high school teens serve as volunteer counselors at Camp Swift. Their time at Camp Swift is often described as "the most life-changing and eye-opening experience" they have ever had. For teens who want to continue their leadership journey and expand on their social, communication, and leadership skills; Swift offers year-round growth development opportunities. One of these opportunities is Team Swift.
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