Mission Statement

Camp Sealth is committed to providing high-quality camp programs to all youth, especially those who need it the most. The Equity Action Fund provides funds to enable BIPOC youth to experience Camp Sealth programs through:

  • Full and partial scholarships to summer camp for kids who identify as BIPOC,
  • Free or low-cost Outdoor Education programs (day or overnight) for schools with a majority of BIPOC students, and
  • A weekend Family Camp for BIPOC families.

In addition to providing funds, Camp Sealth allocates late-registration spaces to BIPOC youth in its summer programs. Camp Sealth overnight and day camp programs fill very quickly, which creates an access barrier to new families. To create more opportunities for access, we allocate at least 50 spaces open only to BIPOC youth to register after our sessions are full. Regardless of whether a family needs financial assistance, these EAF reserved spaces can help youth secure a space in an otherwise full program. Submit your interest in this program through the form linked below, or email us at info@campfireseattle.org.

Guiding Principles

  • BIPOC children have historically been excluded from camp experiences due to structural and systemic racism.
  • Summer camp and Outdoor Education provide opportunities for social and emotional growth and learning critical life skills that are valuable for all kids, especially those from marginalized groups who may not normally have access.
  • Camp Sealth is committed to providing high-quality camp experiences to all kids, especially those who need it most due to adverse life experiences and historical exclusion.
  • The work of the EAF team:
    • Identifies and works to eliminate barriers that prevent BIPOC children from attending camp,
    • Incorporates BIPOC voices in directing priorities and making decisions, and
    • Maintains transparency about how decisions are made and money is spent.
  • The EAF team works towards long-term sustainability of the fund. At the same time, we don’t want money to be the primary barrier that prevents BIPOC youth from attending camp, and Camp Fire can reallocate resources to ensure the continuity of this program.
  • The work of the EAF team is supplemented by ongoing efforts to educate and diversify the camp staff, leadership, and board. We recognize that the organization will be better prepared to meet the needs of BIPOC youth when their identities are represented in the staff, leadership, and board.
  • The camp leadership work to create internal systems to ensure that BIPOC youth feel welcome, affirmed, and supported throughout their experience at camp.

How Can I Help?

  • Identify BIPOC children, families, or schools who qualify and could benefit from the EAF
  • Recruit BIPOC teens and young adults (age 15+) to apply as teen leaders or summer staff
  • Share about the EAF with friends, business contacts, and through social media
  • Help us identify sources of ongoing funding to make the EAF sustainable in future years