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The mission of the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation and Camp Susan Curtis is to ensure that economically disadvantaged Maine youth develop the individual character, self-confidence, and skills essential to becoming independent, contributing citizens. We accomplish this by: - Building trusting relationships with Maine youth and their families through the provision of tuition-free, high quality, camping, educational and social experiences that bolster education attainment, promote health and well-being, and support the development of life and workplace skills. - Maximizing collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals to help the youth we serve secure the tools and connections they need to complete their education, prepare for careers and contribute to Maine’s economic future.
More than 16,000 Maine youth between the ages of 8 and 18 have benefited from the summer programming at Camp Susan Curtis since it opened in 1974. Today we offer four sessions of two week co-ed residential camp for a total of around 500 campers per summer. We provide traditional camp experiences for 3 rd through 7 thgraders, a variety of special 'bridge programs’ for early teens, and a comprehensive leadership development program for older teen campers. Campers are invited from every county in Maine, and are referred directly by school counselors. Campers must demonstrate financial need by qualifying for free or reduced lunch through the USDA school lunch program. They receive full scholarships, calculated to be $1200 per camper per two week session. The Susan L Curtis Charitable Foundation works year-round raising funds to provide a life-changing experience for these youth. We are developing ways to stay connected and offer opportunities to campers and their families throughout the year.