Sunday, April 21, 2024

A $25,000 grant to the Cambridge Camping Association will contribute funds to the Cambridge Adventure Day Camp and other programs. (Photo: Cambridge Camping Association)

A $25,000 grant to the Cambridge Camping Association from The Boston Foundation will provide summer camp and out-of-school enrichment experiences to youth from urban, under-resourced communities through the Foundation’s Open Door Grants program, the CCA announced Tuesday.

“After a very long 18 months of online and some socially distanced in-person programming, our campers and counselors are thrilled to be coming together again this summer” in activities enabled by the grant, Cambridge Camping executive director Sharon Zimmerman said.

The organization, founded in 1893, serves 500 kids annually with an array of programs, Zimmerman said. They include the Cambridge Adventure Day Camp; Daybreak Day Camp for youngsters with special needs; CCAccess, a referral and scholarship placement program that lets kids attend day and overnight camps throughout New England; Club Daybreak, a Saturday, school-year program for Daybreak campers; The Village Series, skill-building workshops for caregivers and providers; CCAOnline, enrichment tutoring and mentoring; and Vacation Camps during school breaks.

The Boston Foundation grant comes atop a $250,000 grant the association announced June 1 from the Cummings Foundation.

While that group is funded through real estate investments, the 106-year-old Boston Foundation is a community foundation – albeit one of the largest in the nation at net assets of $1.3 billion. Its competitive Open Door Grants are selected by staff and community reviewers and are awarded twice yearly.

This post took significant material from a press release.