“Rowe is the one place I can truly be myself”

“Rowe inspired me to follow my creative passion”

“Because of what I learned at Camp, I am
going to college to be a social worker”

Support The Woodside Campership Program

We believe that the Rowe Camp experience should be available to all children. Regardless of economic, or cultural barriers. Help Rowe create a camp community that more deeply reflects our global society. Every dollar we receive goes directly toward the youth camp scholarship program. Individuals that are awarded a cultural diversity scholarship are guaranteed those funds for the rest of there camp career.

Dear Friends of Rowe,

In 2019, I had the privilege of spending time with young people from each of our camps. As I sat on the rec-hall porch under the warm summer sun, I asked everyone the same question: what does Rowe mean to you? Almost immediately, stories began pouring out.

“Rowe is the one place I can truly be myself”

“Rowe inspired me to follow my creative passion”

“Because of what I learned at Camp, I am going to college to be a social worker”

I continued to ask this question whenever I crossed paths with a former camper.

“Rowe is where I met my spouse”

“Rowe taught me that it was OK to be gay”

“Rowe literally changed my life”

It is immediately clear that these statements are more than simple hyperbole. Rowe is more than just a summer camp. It is a place for young people to find acceptance, confidence, and relationship. Rowe is a place where campers can be themselves, have a voice and a vote and a place where “being different” is not just accepted but celebrated. Very quickly after that, what frequently followed was, “If it wasn’t for the Woodside Program, camp would never have been an option for my family.” We invite you to join us in ensuring that this experience is available to as many young people as possible regardless of socio-economic or cultural barriers.

Ben Werner (He/Him)
Executive Director

 

Rowe Camp Statement of Purpose

We believe that every human being has inherent worth and dignity. At camp, we practice this by empowering young people to play, explore, and learn about themselves and others in an environment that is both liberating and nurturing…

Rowe Camp Statement of Purpose

…Our programming fosters age-appropriate critical thinking and reflection as much as it does curiosity, creativity, and joy. This provides the means to explore essential topics like power and diversity, friendship and intimacy, and technology and society at any developmental level…
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Rowe Camp Statement of Purpose

… Campers are challenged to balance freedom and self-expression with compassion for and responsibility to themselves and others. Campers, as a body, take an active role in decision-making and envisioning the future of camp, and their contributions are what make each session unique….

Rowe Camp Statement of Purpose

…By doing these things, we aim to empower campers with a strong sense of community and sense of self, to be active voices in their own communities and their lives, and to make the world a better place for all.

About The Margaret Woodside Campership Program

Named after beloved camp director, cook, mentor and friend, Margaret Woodside, The Woodside Campership Program currently offers two types of camperships.

The Cultural Diversity Campership:

The goal of the Cultural Diversity Campership program is to ensure that our camp community is as diverse as the global community. This campership is open to any individual who is part of a cultural background traditionally underrepresented in the summer camp community. This includes but is not limited to individuals of African, Asian or Latin American descent, or members of an indigenous community. One of the things that sets our program apart is that once awarded, Campers are guaranteed funds for their entire camp career! Cultural Diversity Camperships cover up to 100% of the cost of camp.

The Economic Diversity Campership:

We believe that the camp experience should be available to as many young people as possible, regardless of socio-economic status or financial circumstances. The Economic Diversity Campership (previously known simply as Camperships) is available to all families facing economic hardship or who would otherwise have difficulty affording camp. Funds are allocated based on need, special circumstances, and funds available and cover up to 50% of the cost of camp. Economic Diversity Camperships are awarded on a per year basis and must be reapplied for each year.

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Support The Woodside Campership Program

We believe that the Rowe Camp experience should be available to all children. Regardless of economic, or cultural barriers. Help Rowe create a camp community that more deeply reflects our global society. Every dollar we receive goes directly toward the youth camp scholarship program. Individuals that are awarded a cultural diversity scholarship are guaranteed those funds for the rest of there camp career.

About Rowe Camps

Rowe is a place where young people can be themselves without fear of judgment and where they learn that all humans, regardless of age, deserve a voice and a vote. At Rowe, paths are found and life long friendships are forged. Rowe is so much more than just a summer camp!