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Summer Camp Opportunities Promotes Education, Inc. (SCOPE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in need by funding not-for-profit resident camps with "camperships" that offer inner-city children the benefits of a safe, well-supervised and enriching summer camp experience.
Through the vision of private camp directors from the American Camp Association's New York Section (ACA-NY), SCOPE was founded in 1991 as a signature program to raise funds to provide all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, with same educational and developmental benefits of camp derived by their more affluent counterparts. Through grassroots fundraising efforts, 26 children were provided with SCOPE camperships in 1992. Since that time, more than 15,000 children have attended camp through SCOPE funding.
In 2005, SCOPE was established as a 501c3 charitable organization in order to expand its fundraising capacity. Allocations of summer camp scholarships that help children in need have increased by more than fifty percent since that time.
In 2007, SCOPE embarked on a national expansion initiative to enable regions throughout the U.S. to launch campership programs. In partnership with camp directors and supporters from the Chicago area, SCOPE Midwest was established as the first affiliate.
SCOPE Southeast was established in 2011. SCOPE administers the program and allocations to Southeast camps. Through local fundraising events, individual gifts, and foundation and corporate support, SCOPE Southeast will begin to provide enriching summer camp experiences to children in the Southeast in the summer of 2012.