Shelby County is partnering with 25 organizations to offer free summer camps to more than 700 families in its first year offering a scholarship program.
The grant money, from the Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education, will cover all camp-related expenses.
“The goal is to partner with these summer camps so families can go without costs but also to raise awareness around the breadth of summer camp offerings we’ve got offered in Shelby County,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. “It’s really critical that we give our kids and our families something productive to do over the summer, because we know that summer camps can change lives. We also know that the absence of something to do over the summer can really hurt and send kids off on the wrong path.”
Camps range from a one-day experience to all summer long. Students will have opportunities to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), acting, agriculture, music, dance and sports.
To apply, families should email the camp scholarship partner they are interested in.
Here is the list of summer camp programs:
- AngelStreet’s Crew University at Bickford Community Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beyond Educating Foundation, Camp Liberation at Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church, email@example.com
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, firstname.lastname@example.org
- BRIDGES’ Bridge Builders COLLABORATE, email@example.com
- Camp Elevate and Camp Inspire at Streets Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
- Camp Memphis at For The Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpenter Art Garden, email@example.com
- Girls Inc. of Memphis, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harmonic South String Orchestra, Inc. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, email@example.com
- Image Builders Memphis’ Summer Arts & Career Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kooler Kids Arts Enrichment Camp at Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, email@example.com
- Memphis Athletic Ministries’ MAM Summer Academy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Memphis Jazz Workshop Summer Experience at Memphis Music School/Memphis Jazz Workshop, email@example.com
- Perfecting Gifts, Inc. at Perfecting Love Community Church, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Project Transformation Tennessee’s Project Transformation Summer Enrichment Program, email@example.com
- Pursuit of God Church, Info@thepursuitofgod.org
- Raise the Bar Summer Intensive at Collage Dance Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rising Together Foundation’s SLAM Summer Academy, email@example.com
- Shelby Farms Park Summer Camp, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spotlight Summer Camp at LilyRoze Studios, email@example.com
- Soulsville Foundation’s Summer Music Experience, firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Paul Baptist Church’s SPBC Summer Camp, email@example.com
- The Independent Parent, Inc.’s ActUp-Child Behavioral Enrichment, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Actors Guild Summer Camp at Harriet Performing Arts Center, Sabrinanorwood@yagmemphis.com
- Youth Academy of Dream’s Camp Outrageous, email@example.com
Katherine Burgess covers county government and religion. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 901-529-2799 or followed on Twitter @kathsburgess.