Camp Natoma receives grant from Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund
–Local nonprofit Camp Natoma, which is based in Paso Robles and facilitates week-long summer camp sessions for youth on the Central Coast, announced that they are a recipient of a $5,000 from the Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund. The fund is supported by the Robert H. Janssen Foundation and The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. It seeks to support programs that enrich the lives of local youth and provide access to all segments of the community regardless of income level. Janssen has valued the benefits of participation in team activities and positive mentorship in local youth sports and other community and youth activities.
Camp Natoma will utilize the grant to provide local youth with a respite from a year of screen-based learning and the negative effects of social media during a fully immersive, screen-free week in active outdoor programming. The grant will specifically be applied toward “camperships,” which serve as scholarships for disadvantaged families to allow their kids to experience summer camp with equity and justice in mind. Camp Natoma is one of the premier outdoor experiences for youth in San Luis Obispo County and understands that youth need to get outside now more than ever, and connect with role models, be physically active, and immerse themselves into a camp setting that fosters individual growth, independence, resilience, empathy, and friendship through challenges and relationship building.