For close to 50 years, Summer’s Best Two Weeks has been offering a unique camping experience for inner-city youth predominately in the Pittsburgh region through our CitiKidz ministry. Citikidz is an intense Christian sports camp in pursuit of the impact and development of urban youth ages 10 to 18 and their leaders through culturally relevant Christian sports camps. We work to build relationships leading to new experiences and deeper exploration of a relationship with Christ through introducing campers to a wide variety of activities: tubing, kayaking, archery, climbing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, rappelling, etc. Each day, campers meet for Bible study and receive opportunity to put life lessons into practice on the competition field.
In recent years, Citikidz has served about 400 urban youth and leaders during three week-long sessions held on a rented camp property. Over the past eight years, we actively searched for a permanent home for CitiKidz to meet the growing demand for each year. Our prayers were answered this year when a wonderful family gifted their camp facility, Laurel Mountain Christian Camp (LMCC), to SB2W to be used to operate and develop Citikidz. With this amazing new home for CitiKidz, we will be able to:
- Save on the costs associated with building a new facility;
- Offer our campers a well-maintained and high quality facility;
- Increase number of sessions, thereby impacting more urban youth;
- Generate income by renting out the facilities during the off-season.
As is quoted from the Gospel of Luke “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required”, the gift of the LMCC is both a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility. We primarily want to expand our sponsorships for urban campers. There are many costs associated with operating and maintaining a camp of this size and there are some capital improvements that we want to make in the future such as increasing the number of cabins, expanding the pool, and building a high ropes course with zipline. In order to ensure the long-term fiscal soundness of Citikidz, Summer’s Best Two Weeks is launching the Dream On campaign to raise funds to provide scholarships, make capital improvements, and strengthen our operations over the next ten years. The Dream On campaign will allow SB2W Citikidz at LMCC to significantly increase the number of campers we serve each year, enhance our campers’ experience, and ensure our long-term sustainability. Dream On with us!
There are more than 2700 campers and crew from 1800 families attending Summer’s Best Two Weeks every summer. In order to meet the ongoing financial needs of SB2W Citikidz, we will be raising approximately $500,000 each year. Here’s the great news. To help us meet that goal a generous family foundation has decided to match each commitment from a current camp family $1 to $1 up to $175,000 each year for the next 10 years. That means you’ll be able to double the value of your gift! We are grateful for every gift, including the smallest of amount, that will help move us toward the $175,000 challenge. In order to help us meet the matching requirements, we need gifts in many categories: $100/year to $25,000/year. Please consider a gift that will help us maximize this generous matching grant.
If you don’t still have the Dream On Campaign Pledge Card included in your camper’s awards envelope, You can download one by clicking this link.
Dream On Campaign Pledge Card
Completed pledge cards should be mailed to: 111 Lake Gloria Road, Boswell, PA 15531. Thank you for helping us maximize this challenge grant and realize the vision of impacting the lives of inner-city youth!