Camplify youth RISE UP!
RISE UP sums up the mindset Camplify fosters in our youth. It empowers them to believe in themselves and their capacity to overcome obstacles, grow, and develop the skills they need to thrive. Through their 9-year journey, Camplify leaders learn to be:
- Resourceful: Camplify leaders are adaptable and are creative problem-solvers. They make use of the resources available to them—resources within themselves, their family, their community, and their world.
- Inclusive and Collaborative: Camplify leaders create a welcoming community that values and celebrates everyone’s contributions. They learn how to work as a team, relate to others with empathy, and communicate clearly and effectively.
- Service-Minded: Camplify leaders work to strengthen their community. They know their service helps build a better world.
- Enthusiastic: Camplify leaders approach life whole-heartedly and know the transformative value of having a positive attitude. They cheer on and believe in themselves as well as those around them—no matter the challenge.
- Uplifting: As Camplify leaders RISE UP, they bring others up with them. They pave the way for a better world and help others successfully navigate the path, living the phrase, “We rise by lifting others.”
- Perseverant: Camplify leaders look for opportunities to grow and know that sometimes our best lessons come from situation where things are not easy or do not happen as planned. They do not give up in the face of adversity, and learn to pivot when something is not working.
As they RISE UP, our leaders develop the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century job market and build rewarding lives full of meaning and purpose. When they graduate from Camplify, our leaders are confident and capable young adults who are prepared to face life’s challenges and who make their communities stronger.
A study conducted through the UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flaglar School of Business shows the benefit of Camplify. According to our families, 100% of parents reported that, after camp, their child was more responsible. 94% agreed that their camper was more confident, adaptable, and collaborative.
Research suggests that the skills campers learn last far beyond their camp experience, and help them in school, when they attend college, and in their first jobs. Camp experiences are statistically proven to teach social skills, promote staying physically active, encourage respect of nature, and foster self-confidence.
Teamwork + Goal Setting + Perseverance
A child may see how learning to paddle a canoe with a partner as fun. Here's what we see: they learn to communicate, not only verbally, but by watching and reacting. They learn that both people in the boat are somewhat "in control". If you want to get where you want to go, you can't do it alone or by overpowering the other person. They are learning teamwork.
A child may see shooting a bow and arrow as an activity with immediate gratification. They may see it as a way to compete with themselves and others in a friendly environment. Here's what we see: the child learns that there are fundamentals to shooting a bow: technique, safety and patience. They learn the virtues of goal setting and that it takes practice to become better. Hitting the bullseye keeps them engaged, while practicing skills that become habits for life.
Camplify builds community leaders with a camp-based youth development journey.
Camplify grants children the opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom -- skills that every 21st century employer looks for, and skills that every person deserves to learn. Through our progressive programs, students beginning in 4th grade learn to RISE UP so they can thrive now and in the future.