What We Do
BICF provides residential summer camp experiences, through-the-year enrichment activities, and mentoring to low-income CMS students for at least 5 consecutive years beginning in 5th grade.
BICF partners 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. Students are selected based on academic effort, good citizenship and leadership potential. In 2018, BICF is serving 110 students.
BICF has developed partnerships with Camp Celo, Eagle’s Nest, Green River Preserve, Gwynn Valley, UNC-Greensboro, and Central Piedmont Community College. For the first 3 summers in our program, BICF students attend overnight camp in the NC mountains, and in their 4th and 5th years attend residential camp on a college campus. BICF has recently begun expanding our program into high school and plans to eventually stay with our students all the way through 12th grade.
- Youth 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 make a significant positive impact on a child's life.
- Early and long-term intervention are critical.
- The natural world is a great teacher.