AfterSchool Programs & Summer Camps

AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camps were UrbanPromise’s first programs in the city of Camden. Since 1988 thousands of children have participated in activities that include arts and crafts, Bible study, recreation, life skills workshops, academic enrichment classes, and community service. During the academic year, more than 300 children attend one of six AfterSchool Programs and around 450 participate in our six-week Summer Camps located in nine city neighborhoods. Within a safe and stimulating environment, these programs provide opportunities for children to improve their academic performance, develop necessary life skills, create positive relationships with caring adults, explore the arts, and nurture their faith.

Special academic-year activities and events include our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Contest, Math Dare, Thanksgiving family dinners, and spring break trips. Summer favorites include weekly field trips (typically to a swimming pool or roller-skating rink), the Summer Carnival, and All Camp Day.

This past summer UrbanPromise in cooperation with the New Jersey Summer Food Service Program and our very own UrbanChefs Program provided 22,576 free healthy breakfasts and lunches to our Summer Camp children and teens.

Youth in our AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camps participate in 540 hours of FREE programming each year.

UrbanPromise's neighborhood-based programs are located in nine communities around Camden and reach hundreds of children and teens throughout the school year and summer.

Gone Fishin'

The youth of Camp Freedom enjoy another day of fishing on the Delaware River.

Many Camden children see the Delaware River as nothing more than a body of water that separates them from neighboring Philadelphia—--one that offers little to no value to the city’'s residents.

But the kids who attend UrbanPromise’'s Camp Freedom have begun to think differently, thanks to their camp director, Tony Vega.

This past summer, Tony offered his summer campers the opportunity to learn more about the Delaware through his camp’'s Fishing Club. Armed with a few poles and some simple bait, Tony and his group of excited children walked to the river each camp day hoping to make their first catch.

In between launching lines and reeling in fish, Tony spoke to his campers about the significance and meaning of patience, focus, and dedication to one’'s goal. Without even realizing it, his kids were learning important lessons and valuable life skills.

Fishing Club is an ideal example of UrbanPromise'’s AfterSchool Programs and Summer Camps. Through engaging and enriching activities, Camden children are learning, developing, and realizing their potential--—and having fun all the while!