Camp Thoreau to Award Tuition Scholarships to Campers - Counselor

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New campers and counselors are encouraged to share why camp will change their lives for an opportunity to be awarded one of five potential scholarships.

Camp Thoreau truly believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience camp. To emphasize our dedication, Camp Thoreau will award four new campers each one session of camp and grant an educational scholarship to one camp counselor. “I’m thrilled to offer this scholarship opportunity to youths, not only as a way to provide a camp experience, but also to inspire our community to connect with nature,” Faith Pulis, President.

Youths entering Kindergarten through 6th grade who have yet to experience Camp Thoreau are invited to submit applications to be considered for one of the four awards for a 2014 summer session. Interested campers may submit a written essay or video answering, in their own words “Summer camp will be a life changing experience because....”. Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014. Details can be found on-line at

Counselors are an integral part of the camp experience. Kids need mentors, and counselors fill that role at camp.To encourage our counselors to continue their learning journey, Camp Thoreau counselors for summer 2014 are invited to submit an application for a $500 educational scholarship. Apply in written or video format answering “Because of camp I....”. Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014. Details can be found on-line at

The American Camp Association has proven that campers learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development and healthy living. According to their recent studies* 96% of campers said “Camp helped me make new friends” and 92% said “People at camp helped me feel good about myself.” Further, the ACA comments that “we intuitively know that in order for our children to become healthy, productive citizens, they will need to be able to navigate the world in which they live - well beyond formal academic skills - they must be able to exercise mind, body and soul.”

For over 60 years Camp Thoreau has prided itself on providing a safe, enriching environment for campers to unplug and practice the important life skills that make up our character constellation: friendship, teamwork, respect, responsibility and risk taking. Camp Director, Ken Olson sees the benefits of camp in kids every day “Whether they met a new friend, took a risk on the ropes course, learned to sail, or experienced their first overnight trip - the counselors and I see campers gaining confidence, feeling good and having fun - that’s what makes summer camp special and meaningful.”

Camp Thoreau is excited about this new opportunity for local youths to apply for these camp scholarships and wishes all applicants good luck with their applications - due April 4, 2014. In the meantime, families may request a tour of Camp Thoreau and get answers to specific questions on-line or by calling 978-831-1300. Register for Camp Thoreau on-line at

Camp Thoreau was founded in Concord, MA, in 1951 by a young couple by the names of Dot and Click Pulis. They owned a small piece of land and hosted thirty five campers their first year. Over sixty years later, Camp Thoreau hosts hundreds of kids Pre-School through 10th grade while holding the traditions and philosophies that Dot and Click instilled - to give kids the chance to experience nature and participate in activities in a safe and supportive environment.

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