Each year, Access AfterSchool (Access) operates BoostCamp: a full-day, month-long summer day program for youth in Rifle, Colorado. The program includes activities designed to promote literacy, science skills, math skills, physical fitness, and creativity for students entering 1st to 5th grades. BoostCamp is one of the only summer camps in the area, and serves as a vital resource for local families.
During 2019, BoostCamp served 158 students, the highest number we’ve ever enrolled in its nine year history! The program expanded by 15% since last summer and served youth across three school districts. Programming was extended from four to six-weeks, helping youth avoid the summer slide and engaging them in skill development for 50% longer than previous years.
The overarching goals of BoostCamp are to ensure participants:
Are engaged in high-quality programming in a safe and healthy environment
Have the support they need to enter the upcoming school year prepared for success
Have opportunities to build positive relationships with fellow students, adult mentors and community leaders, such as hospital, police and fire protection personnel.
100% of participants’ parents reported that their child looked forward to going to BoostCamp and 100% of parents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the program. One parent said, “What an amazing program! We are so blessed to have this opportunity in the valley for our children.”