I just received and read a story about a terrific fundraising program organized by a Tucson, Arizona newspaper to help get young people into the outdoors, and wanted to share it with you.
Thanks to the outreach efforts of the Arizona Daily Star and its generous readers, The Arizona Daily Star’s Sportsmen’s Fund Send a Kid to Camp program is helping 158 local Scouts get to camp this summer.
Overall, the newspaper received 1,254 donations totaling $134,193 toward its goal of $190,000 to send 770 kids to weeklong overnight camps this summer. Other youth-serving organizations including the Girl Scouts and YMCA also benefit.
What a wonderful response from their readers! One of Scouting’s priorities is to reach into underserved neighborhoods to provide a quality Scouting experience to less-fortunate young people who otherwise would never go on a hike, learn to cook outdoors, camp under the stars, and learn the importance of conserving our outdoor heritage.
With the help of fundraisers like this, we can take our outdoor mission to even more young people, and that’s a great community partnership that can benefit all of us. Congratulations to the Arizona Daily Star and its readers for helping to bring the outdoors closer to the young people in their community!