As with most startups, it is important to know when to pivot.
Over the past four years, we have built an incredible overnight camp program that has changed the lives of over 270 campers and staff from 24 different states and 12 different countries. We have employed 85 amazing individuals, involved over 100 high level guest mentors, received staggering amounts of press, been rated as one of the top 10 Jewish camps in multiple categories, and raised almost $2M in funding. However, with all of those great accomplishments and outcomes, we have not seen the growth needed year over year to sustain an overnight camp program.
After several months of hard conversations and brainstorming about ways to adjust the program and increase enrollment, the directors and advisory board of Camp Inc. ultimately decided to do what a lot of startups have to do, and pivot the focus of our organization to hit our mission in a more sustainable way.
What this means is that we will not be running an overnight camp program during the summer of 2017. Instead, we will run a day camp version of it at the Boulder JCC, and package the curriculum in a way that other JCCs can run it as a specialty day camp themselves. It may even be something that could run as a specialty track within an overnight camp. We will be running after school business and tech courses and experimenting with other youth entrepreneurship programs on and off-line. The overnight camp may come back in future years if we see more of a demand, but we can’t say for sure at this point.
We appreciate all of the support over the years and are proud of what Camp Inc. has accomplished and the many campers that have benefited from our program.
Although we are disappointed to end our overnight camp offering, we look forward to continuing the Camp Inc. mission in new ways. Please remain connected to Camp Inc. and the Boulder JCC as some of these programs may be available outside of Colorado.
JCC Board President
Camp Inc. Board Chair