Summers can be tough on families, when many parents lack not only child care, but also fun, educational, and safe activities for their children. That is where the Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship comes in. This is an opportunity for Springfield youth ages 5-14 to get outside and make positive connections that will last a lifetime. Download the application here. Applications are due on Monday, April 8, and scholarship winners will be notified by phone the week of April 22.

In late 2016, Gándara Center first teamed up with the city of Springfield’s Department of Parks, Buildings, & and Recreation Management to offer the Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship program for Springfield youth to attend one session of summer camp for free. The program was such an incredible success the following two summers that we are again offering camp scholarships to Springfield youth this summer.

How successful was this scholarship? Here is what June, the mother of campers Hanna and Gabriella, had to say about their time at Camp STAR Angelina in Forest Park:

“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. And I liked the door-to-door service. I don’t drive, so having them picked up and dropped off also helped a lot. We’re already looking forward to next year’s summer camp.”

Springfield children deserve a safe place to play and grow emotionally during the summer. Apply for the Aventura! Summer Camp Scholarship today!

We also need sponsors to provide this wonderful experience to deserving children and teens. Interested in becoming a sponsor, changing young lives, and helping the community? Read more.

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