In June we partnered with the Portland Police Bureau to host the Rosenbaum Portland Youth Camp. This week-long camp at Parkrose High School reached nearly 400 boys and girls this year! Campers had a chance to participate in one of 18 activities, including soccer, dance, archery, crazy science and more! Each activity included coaches from the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department, and other organizations, giving kids a chance to get to know the officers who keep their community safe.
In July we celebrated our 48th year of Camp Rosenbaum, welcoming a record 177 boys and girls to Camp Rilea on the Oregon Coast. This year 80% of our campers had never been to an overnight camp before – and we filled the week with plenty more new experiences! And as always, we had an extraordinary volunteer staff – police officers, members of the Oregon National Guard, firefighters and staff from housing authorities – who worked every day to emphasize the importance of staying in school and remind campers that they have the power to shape their future.
We received this message from the parent of a camper: I am beyond thankful for the opportunity for my daughter Ruby to have attended Camp Rosenbaum this year. She had the most amazing time that I am certain will stay with her forever. A huge thank you to all the people that staff the camp and make this happen for the children. We are forever grateful for your dedication to our youth, and our country!
In August we once again supported Shop with a Cop, through the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division and the Izzy’s Kids program. The event paired 275 children with local cops to go back to school shopping at Fred Meyer. Children were able to purchase supplies, clothes and shoes. Each child also received a new backpack, to get their school year started off right.
And the Camp Rosenbaum Star Fund keeps rolling! We currently have 144 former campers from Multnomah County enrolled in our education grant fund, saving money for their future. When campers graduate from high school, they can use funds to further their education. Camp Rosenbaum is excited to help kids plan for their future and aim for the stars!
In all, we served nearly 1,000 children in 2018 – a new record! How did we do it? With your support and donations, leveraged with a combined 30,000 hours from more than 300 volunteers. We are proud of the work we do, our supporters, and our amazing volunteers. It’s all about the kids!