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January 23, 2020

Dear Friend of Camp Colley:

The Camp Colley Foundation is excited to announce that it will become the operator of Camp Colley beginning with the 2020 season.

As the funder of camp scholarships and capital improvements for fifteen years, our foundation is poised to provide hundreds of underserved Phoenix children with high-quality nature camp experiences for positive leaning and growth in nature.

This transition is made possible because of our Board of Directors’ multi-year effort to expand our foundation’s impact. In early 2019 the organization took a major step toward that goal by hiring Richard Berg, a seasoned youth development and camp professional, as our first Executive Director. Now the City of Phoenix, which owns and maintains the camp property, has now entrusted us to fully operate Camp Colley.

Our program goals for 2020 include:

  • Expanding each session to 5 days, 4 nights
  • Maximizing Camp Colley’s capacity by serving 450 City of Phoenix campers over six sessions
  • Enhancing programs and activities to ensure campers develop healthy confidence and self-esteem, build leadership and interpersonal skills, and learn environmental science and sustainability at our wilderness camp.
  • Adding year-round programming in our camper’s communities to continue meaningful connections with nature for positive learning and growth beyond camp.

Our Camp Program Director will build a seasonal staff of well-trained and eager individuals to deliver quality programs and activities for our campers that will include horseback riding, leadership training and environmental education. Together the board and staff are committed to earning accreditation from the American Camp Association in the upcoming years– the ‘bullseye’ in summer camp health, safety and program quality.

This transition is only possible through the financial support from Camp Colley Foundation’s generous donors and longstanding partnership with the City of Phoenix. 2020 is shaping up to be Camp Colley’s most best program year yet! Thank you for your support.

Richard Berg, Executive Director

Camp Colley Foundation