Aaron Kamau, Executive Director
Bank of Hawaii Foundation Awards $2,000 to KAMP HAWAII
Honolulu, Hawaii – Bank of Hawaii Family Foundation recently awarded $2,000 to KAMP Hawaii. The grant will be used for KAMP Hawaii’s “Life Mentoring Programs”.
KAMP Hawaii-“Life Mentoring Programs” board of directors and staff would like to extend a big mahalo to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for their generous gift. This gift will enable KAMP Hawaii to continue to serve “at-risk” students and students with disabilities in our communities and to fulfill our mission statement.
KAMP Hawaii’s objective is to provide programs that mentors at-risk youth from the elementary age to high school youth on Oahu. Our program creates partnerships with local schools, community organizations, churches and businesses. KAMP Hawaii has five distinct programs that have the potential to reach all young people in our society.
Outdoor Outreach Program will provide boys and girls a vast range of experiences unattainable anywhere else. They advance in knowledge of outdoor skills, they experience an appreciation for nature not available in the classroom or on the streets, and they learn to live and work in teams in a camp setting. We also offer specialty and sports camps.
The program activity is to provide the boys and girls with the adventure of camp. This is the culminating activity for the students participating in the Special Needs and Classroom Outreach Program. They get to build shelters, cook in an outdoor setting, and work together as a team, experience new friendships, participates in initiative/cooperative games and activities leaving everlasting memories for all. The activity is conducted by KAMP Hawaii’s staff during March through June and is treated as a field trip by teachers and students. Over the years we have been so successful with providing safe and fun filled camps to the youth of Hawaii.
Alternative Learning Center Outreach Program gives alienated high school students another avenue to continue their education, to develop positive attitudes and to gain self-esteem. Working with students identified within the schools at the beginning of the school year, we provide an on going quality program. We teach positive values, making good choices, positive self view to encourage personal growth in schools, homes and communities. The student gains an understanding as an individual with an awareness of personal feelings, ideas, values, talents and abilities to cope with the problems of life. The one objective is to have the students mentor elementary students in our program by utilizing the KAMP Hawaii curriculum, to have the students serve as camp mentors in our Outdoor Outreach Program during the spring and finally mainstreaming the student back into the classroom with the motivation and determination to function in the traditional school environment.
Special Needs Classroom Outreach Program The Special Needs Classroom Outreach Program is aimed at young people who are physically and mentally challenged. The objective is developing social, learning and motor skills through program activities and highlighted with a special campout. The campout is a very exciting time for students because they get to participate in activities that normal children participate in. The teachers and volunteers have viewed this activity as very positive. The youth are provided a means of achievement and recognition, personal development, self-help and self-esteem. KAMP Hawaii personnel have a proud working and friendly relationship with students, volunteers and teachers.
Classroom Outreach Program provides the students the opportunity to participate in a specialized curriculum based on General Learning Outcome Standards which focuses on self-esteem, social enhancement skills, citizenship, creativity and teamwork. The curriculum is administered by KAMP Hawaii personnel and/or our Alternative Learning Center students during school hours. Students will be taught skills through this specialized curriculum leading up to an intensive camping experience.
Community Sports Education Program focuses on disadvantaged, at-risk youth within our low income communities. The objective is to teach our youth the importance of family and community values, the importance of education, and the role of physical exercise, a healthy drug-free lifestyle, and the discipline and dedication of participating in sports–combined together can build a healthy and thriving community. Athletes from every sport will be selected from Oahu High Schools to be trained by KAMP Hawaii staff in KAMP Hawaii’s curriculum, receive training from Drug and Awareness counselors and Teen Pregnancy counselors to mentor youth in their communities. This concept is designed to promote student athletes. The objective is to keep all student athletes engaged in school for four quarters with passing grades to participate in sports. The goal is to have these student athletes promote sports to younger students, teach students how to become student athletes and how to sustain student athlete status, and be seen as a positive community contributor and role model.
KAMP Hawaii Promise
I will do my best to improve myself,
To help my community and my country,
And to obey the rules and laws of the land.
To work with other people,
To keep my body strong, my mind alert, and my language clean.