It's one of our most important jobs as parents: Raising kids who are kind and empathetic to others, including those who are different from them.
But, as any parent knows, it's no easy task. And it's especially a challenge in Milwaukee, where children grow up without many opportunities to build trust and understanding with those who are different from them.
Camp Kindred is helping bridge that gap, and I'm so proud to be partnering with them to help spread the word.
Camp Kindred is an intentional summer camp community that brings together children ages 8-11 of different race, ethnicity, and economic advantage. The goal is for children who are often separated by segregation to build meaningful and enduring relationships.
When & Where
This summer's session takes place Sunday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at beautiful Camp Lakotah in Wautoma, WI (located about two hours from Milwaukee).
All good life-long friendships are fun, and so is the daily schedule at camp. Campers will play, explore, and learn new skills like canoeing, archery, and designing in a "makerspace." All-camp games like "Capture the Flag" and "Extreme Minecraft" are also part of the daily schedule.
Perhaps one of the most meaningful parts of the day is "Kindred Time," when campers connect with their cabin mates, share about their experience at camp, journal, and learn to closely listen to the stories of others.
Camp Kindred's leadership team is experienced, diverse, and passionate. Here are a few of their members:
Fabiola Ramirez is a social studies teacher at Carmen High School of Science and Technology, where she also attended high school. After emigrating with her family from Mexico at the age of eight, Milwaukee quickly became home for Fabiola. After high school, Fabiola obtained a Political Science degree from Beloit College as a first generation immigrant and the first person in her family to attend college. Currently, she is working toward her master’s degree in Education Policy and Leadership at Marquette University, while also teaching and mentoring over 100 students at Carmen High School. Fabiola has been involved in advocacy work for immigrant rights, student rights, racial justice, and Latinx issues. She is so excited to be a part of Camp Kindred and to help build relationships and bridges between our beautifully diverse populations of children in Milwaukee.
Mario Sinclair was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Growing up in some of the toughest conditions that plague his city, Mario found safety, guidance, and his passion within youth organizations across the city. Mario spent his summers as a camp kid where he was able to hone his leadership skills and embrace the values of diversity and community. Mario now serves the same children from his neighborhood as an educator for Milwaukee College Prep and as the mentor coordinator for Future Urban Leaders. Mario knows the transformative power of camps and wants to share the magic of discovery, community, and pure joy camps bring with Camp Kindred for many summers to come!
Sarah Whaley grew up in Whitefish Bay. She studied Biology at Boston University and UW-Madison. While working at YMCA Camp Minikani she realized she wanted her career to involve educating children. Since then she has worked as an after school teacher, kindergarten teacher/aide, and currently is a special education teacher at Milwaukee College Prep. She believes that summer camp has truly changed her as a person and she is excited to engage children in programming involving empathy, restorative justice, and play!
Camp Kindred is run by an experienced staff who know the important of keeping all campers safe. You can expect:
Low Staff to Camper Ratio - They maintain a 1:4 staff to camper ratio, ensuring that campers are under constant supervision. It also allows cabin leaders to pick up on issues a camper may be having and address those issues quickly.
Training - Staff undergoes intensive training in CPR, First Aid, building emotional safety for children, preventing bullying, and more. There is also a Registered Nurse or EMT onsite 24/7.
Safety Standards - The camp is hosted at an American Camp Association accredited facility, which requires compliance with over 300 health, safety, and program quality standards.
Ready to learn more or register? Head to their website, or call Tom Cramer directly at 414-885-5560.