These kids are jumping for joy because they love summer camp and they got to attend for free because were among the 45 recipients of Gándara Center’s Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship, which sent them to Camp STAR Angelina in Springfield’s Forest Park for two “aventura”-filled weeks!

For eight-year-old scholarship recipient Justice (pictured below), the highlight of summer camp was a juggler/magician who wowed campers with balancing stunts and sleight of hand tricks (below). “That was cool,” he said. So was “Animal Craze,” a traveling petting zoo that came to Camp STAR Angelina in July. “I saw a horse!” yelled Justice.

Here is what June, the mother of campers Hanna and Gabriella, had to say about their time at Camp STAR Angelina:

“I really appreciated this scholarship. My girls loved camp. It was great for their self-esteem—they tried new things and they learned how to deal different situations and how to get along with kids they didn’t know. Every day, when they got home, they talked about camp constantly, and I enjoyed hearing how their days went. We’re already looking forward to next year’s summer camp.”

Not every family can afford a day camp, and that is where our Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship Program comes in. Springfield children deserve a safe place to play and grow emotionally during the summer. This scholarship provides them with the fun, freedom, and excitement that summer camp brings—an opportunity to get outside and make positive connections that will last a lifetime.

Most of our scholarship recipients come from low-income households—and some of them are in our foster care program. Simply put, a sponsor can make a real difference in a child’s life! Read about our sponsorship levels.

All sponsors be recognized as essential partners in providing this opportunity to the community and acknowledged in Gándara Center marketing and communications materials, including our Annual Report.

Give the gift of awesome summer camp memories. Donate to the Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship Program.