What We Do
We provide residential summer camp, through-the-year enrichment activities, and mentoring to low-income, high potential CMS students for five consecutive years beginning in 5th grade.
We believe in the following guiding principles: Children who attend camp benefit in areas of self-esteem, independence, decision-making skills, teamwork skills, and environmental awareness; access to quality summertime and after-school enrichment activities can make a significant difference in a child's life; early and long-term intervention are critical; and the natural world is a great teacher.
We partner with Communities in Schools (CIS) and CMS staff to select students from area elementary schools, most of which have more than 85% economically disadvantaged populations. BICF participants are selected based on academic effort, good citizenship and leadership potential. Students who demonstrate continued effort and success in the classroom are eligible for five consecutive residential summer camp experiences designed to cultivate leadership skills, learning opportunities, and confidence.
BICF is committed to sending our students to high-quality residential camps. We have developed partnerships with Camp Celo, Eagle’s Nest, Green River Preserve, Gwynn Valley and UNC-Greensboro. These camps understand our mission and the needs of our campers. For the first three years in our program, BICF students attend residential summer camp in the NC mountains, and in their 4th and 5th years attend camp on a college campus.
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