This program serves needy children by providing scholarships to both day and sleep-over camps. The NightLights Auxiliary works with chapter members to provide camping equipment needed to insure the best possible experience for each child.
Outdoor Science School: Assistance League of Santa Monica offers an overnight science camping week for several fifth grade classes each year, as one of our campership programs. Students enjoy the outdoors and learn about the animals and plants in different eco-systems such as the riparian, chaparral, and coastal zones. In small groups their instructor, Alex, used the inquiry method, encouraging their scientific thinking, and involving the students in talking out their reasoning and writing notes in their journals. With the limit of “ankle deep” they enjoyed exploring the beach area. A dead dolphin and sand crabs were quite an attraction and learning lesson. The seven member volunteers of Assistance League of Santa Monica along with their teacher all concluded it was a very worthwhile program for the Stoner 5th grade students.
Assistance League Camperships provided scholarships for 64 schoolchildren from Westchester Family YMCA to attend YMCA Camp Round Meadow near Big Bear. Executive Director of the Westchester Family YMCA, John Loussararian wrote:
It was such a pleasure to have you join us for VIP Day as ambassadors from Assistance League of Santa Monica. We truly appreciate the support your club has given us all these years. Through this partnership, there is no doubt that we are facilitating lifelong experiences that these campers will treasure for the rest of their lives. Furthermore, through our intentional program design by the end of this week our children will overcome fears, become more self-confident, gain leadership skills and make new friendships which will be necessary tools to help them realize their full potential. I look forward to our continued partnership as we, together strengthen the communities we serve!
We also provide camp scholarships to students in the Circle of Friends Summer Program. Circle of Friends, an inclusion program for all students with disabilities, brings the understanding and acceptance of differences on school campuses and within the community, decreasing bullying and making a significant social impact. Circle Summer is a camp-type program of inclusion for teens and young adults with disabilities (i.e., autism, Down Syndrome, etc.). College students are trained as group leaders to model and shape appropriate social skills for their peers with special needs. Lasting genuine friendships develop through meaningful social interactions in real-life situations.