Blue Tent enriches the lives of children affected by abuse and neglect through educational, cultural, and recreational adventures.
In 2014, there were more than 5,200 founded cases of child abuse and neglect in Upstate South Carolina. The children involved in these cases, especially those stuck in the foster care system, can suffer from physical and emotional trauma, struggle to form healthy relationships with caregivers and peers, and perform far worse in school than their classmates.
Through our programs, abused and neglected children are able to recognize their self-worth, feel total acceptance from others and gain life skills to make them successful.
From summer camp… to birthday parties… to computer programming classes… to rafting the Nantahala… to dramatic play… to biking the Swamp Rabbit trail… we offer the joys of childhood to hurting kids in our community!
Our flagship program, Camp Opportunity Week, was August 9th- 14th, 2015! We were excited to return to Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC where 110 Blue Tent kids traded office visits for outdoor adventures, court dates for camp fires, and fears for fun!
Want to ensure our goal of sending 125 kids to camp in 2016? Consider sponsoring a camper for $375.
“When I went to camp this past year, I thought it was fun. All the counselors were very nice and caring. The food was very good, and the cabins were nice. All the activities were very fun.”
– B., age 9
“It was A.’s first time going to camp, and she was nervous and excited. When I picked her up, I immediately noticed an improvement in her self-confidence and her interactions with peers. She LOVED it and talked about camp for weeks afterward. Thank you so much for giving her that life-long gift of wonderful experiences and memories. Such simple things have improved her life.”
– Caregiver for A., age 8
“The main thing I took away from camp week was friendship with my group.”
– M., age 13
“The best experience from camp was meeting new friends, and the main thing I took away from camp week was how to give to others.”
– K., age 11