WAY MORE DEMAND
THAN SPACE ALLOWS
Each year, we are forced to turn away kids who have been Sherwood Forest campers
for years because our current facilities don’t accommodate them as they get older.
We simply do not have enough cabins and beds. We want to increase the number of
youth who can benefit from both our core programming and school partnerships.
OUR TWO PRIORITIES
INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN
WE SERVE EACH YEAR
By the year 2020, we will reach our goal of serving over 400 children annually in our Quest program, allowing every child who begins our program to graduate from the Leadership Training Program as a ninth grader. The number of youth supported to achieve college and career success through our Supports for Success program will also grow, from 25 to more than 100. Our capacity to partner with schools and school district in Outdoor Education programs will grow by 40%.
BUILD LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY
Our organization’s budget will increase as we work with more kids, in addition to regular increases in the price of goods and services. As a result, we will need to diversify our revenue streams through expanded fee-for-service programming and an Endowment Fund, while continuing to expand our base of committed supporters.
NEW DINING HALL & KITCHEN | $2.5 MILLION
Our current dining hall is both too small and one of the oldest buildings at camp. Our youth need to share meals in a facility that aligns with the high expectations we have for them, and that they can set for themselves. We have designed a new facility that will accommodate 300 people at once and better enable us to provide healthy and nutritious meals in an efficient, professional-grade kitchen.
EDUCATION & LEARNING IN THE OUTDOORS
Kids in poverty often miss out on the opportunity to gain the critical academic skills the need to succeed – reading, science, and math. We will fll this gap by constructing an Outdoor Learning Center that will double the size of our Library and Reading Space, establish STEM and Technology Labs, and create an outdoor classroom.
ENDOWMENT FUND | $1 MILLION
We know that as our organization grows in scale and impact, our costs will increase as well. Establishing an Endowment Fund will provide a vehicle for us to invest the generous gifts of our donors to maximize the fnancial return, thereby providing much-needed operating support. This fund will also provide assurance to donors who choose to make a testamentary gift that their bequest will support Sherwood Forest well into the future.
ADD A VILLAGE | $500,000
To accommodate an increased number of youth, more cabin space is needed. A new village will provide this expanded capacity and will consist of four buildings: two camper cabins, a washhouse, and a staff cabin.
RESTORATION OF BUDER LAKE | $500,000
Many beloved activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing once took place at camp, but ceased upon the collapse of a decayed spillway and eroded dam. In order to restore the lake to its full capacity and ensure it is safe for camp activities, the spillway must be replaced and a portion of the dam reconstructed. Buder Lake will once again be used by youth in our Quest and Outdoor Education programs.
PROGRAM & SUPPORT SPACES | $700,000
When we have more kids at camp, we will also need new and renovated program spaces, and additional spaces to manage camp operations. A new Health Lodge will be constructed to ensure adequate healthcare for campers and staff. The Barn and old Dining Hall will be renovated to better accommodate performing arts and other programing. Additional housing is needed for year-round maintenance staff, and the Maintenance Garage must be expanded
WE HAVE MORE KIDS THAN WE HAVE ROOM TO ACCOMMODATE.
You can change this. Your gift will help us change more lives each summer,
by helping more kids discover the best in themselves.
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