Since 1993, more than 75,000 children have attended Camp4All Summer Camp Program, which provides crucial academic and social experiences to transitioning homeless and at-risk youth from urban and shelter environments. Camp4All is designed to provide positive, life-affirming outdoor experiences.

Our partner organizations—shelters, missions, Boys and Girls Clubs, foster care and schools—have access to this program, which sends more than 1,000 children to Camp4All each summer. Since 2006, the CLF has been conducting Surf Camp4All in Zuma Beach in Malibu, where children and families from local area shelters hit the beach and learn to surf in a day! An amazing bonding experience, and offering an unparalled, lasting dose of self-esteem, Camp4All also offers an incredible Junior Counselor Program for high school students looking to volunteer and give back their time in a fun, effective and highly meaningful way.

Surf Camps (with awesome instruction taught by our friends, local surf legends at the Mighty Underdogs)  and outdoor retreats in beautiful outdoor locations in Malibu offer classic camp activities combined with mindful, enriching ones. In addition, along with our friends at Interfaith Inventions, the CLF participates in a week-long, overnight camp for the teens in our Vita Network Program at Camp Shalom in the Santa Monica Mountains every August. This camp experience offers youth from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds the chance to learn from and each other, bonding through both classic camp experiences like archery, swimming and arts classes, as well workshops on social tolerance and bullying prevention. (Guitar sing-a-longs and campfire hang-outs are of course included!)

The CLF started Camp4All because we saw  first-hand how hard it was for families in shelters to participate  in anything enriching, healthy or recreational that they could afford. Even something as simple as going on a hike, or taking a trip to a nearby beach, became nearly impossible without desperately needed resources, and the necessary feeling of hope. (All of the CLF’s programs, including Camp4All, are offered free-of-charge to all participating teens, families and agencies.)

Camp4All gives homeless families the chance to relax and perhaps get further involved in our Vita Network Program. It allows them the space and time to breath. Enjoy nature. Be with their children and spouses.  And start, just maybe, to think about the future again. Check out this great video created by CLF “kid” Mario Arevalo (a member of the very first Vita Network-adopted family), to experience a recent day at our Camp4All!