Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund

In 2018, we launched the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund to help children from more populations experience the joy and fun of summer camp.

At Camp Hi-Ho, our passion is getting children outside, helping them unplug and experience nature. Our mission is to provide a safe and unstructured environment for children to explore their interests and learn more about themselves through the activities offered. We desire to help children from all walks of life experience the gift of summer camp. We recognize that attending summer camp is a privilege that not all children are able to afford, and so we began our scholarship program to help give more kids the chance to attend camp who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Last year, we teamed up with a few local organizations that were already serving children in our community. With your donations, we raised $18,000 and we able to grant 60 scholarships to students from the West End School and refugee children from Kentucky Refugee Ministries, who represented nine countries from all over the world. We were also able to donate $1,800 to Kids Cancer Alliance, and send two children to Indian Summer Camp – a camp for children with cancer and their siblings.

The first year of our Camp Hi-Ho scholarship program was extremely positive. Many of our scholarship campers were able to swim, fish, ride horses, and interact with animals for the first time, among many other things. It was such a special privilege to be a part of these experiences, and it would not have been possible without gifts from generous donors.

This year, we are hoping to expand the groups of children who will benefit from the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund. We will continue our partnership with refugee children through Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and children with or recovering from cancer through Kids Cancer Alliance. We are continuing to work with the Community Foundation of Louisville to receive, track, and process monetary donations made to the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund.

It is our hope that through the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund we will give more children the opportunity to experience summer camp as part of their childhood. For further details about how each specific organization will benefit from the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund, please read below.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries:

https://kyrm.org

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is an outreach community that advocates for and provides resettlement and comprehensive social services to refugees displaced from their homes all over the world. Over half of these are children. In 2016, KRM helped place over 430 students in schools across Jefferson County. Our hope in partnering with KRM is for Camp Hi-Ho to serve as a safe, welcoming and fun-filled community resource for refugee children to experience American summer camp. Donations from the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund to KRM will be allocated towards sending KRM children to one week of Camp Hi-Ho.

Kids Cancer Alliance:

https://www.kidscanceralliance.org

Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA) offers a variety of camp and recreational activities year-round for children with cancer and their families. Because of specific health constraints, many kids with cancer are unable to attend Camp Hi-Ho, so we want to enable them to be able to attend a camp specifically suited for their unique healthcare needs. Kids Cancer Alliance runs Indian Summer Camp (https://www.kidscanceralliance.org/camp-programs.html), a camp that is designed for oncology patients. Donations from the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund to KCA will be allocated towards sending kids with cancer to Indian Summer Camp, not Camp Hi-Ho.

How to Give:

To make a gift to the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund, please press the “Click Here to Donate Now” link found below, and complete the donation form. If you wish to make a designated donation to KRM or KCA specifically, you may enter the organization’s name in the “Comments” section under the “Additional Information” portion of the form found in the link below.

If you have general questions about the Camp Hi-Ho Scholarship Fund, please contact Carson Lawrence at carsonelawrence@gmail.com. If you have questions about your donation or how to make a gift, please contact Kate Biagi-Rickert at 502.585.4649.