Anytown delegates learn to promote the acceptance and appreciation of people from different racial groups in ways that promotes the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance.
Each session serves as a proving ground where Anytown delegates explore ways to become stronger allies and develop strategies to eliminate prejudice within themselves and their community.
Delegates learn about the principle of treating others as oneself would wish to be treated - without exception, absolute justice, equity and respect.
AMID PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS, CAMP ANYTOWN PROGRAMS WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Camp ANYTOWN is the only program in Southern Nevada that utilizes a therapeutic and educational experience to empower youth in breaking down barriers and building up our community. Each camp includes workshops on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, power, and privilege. Participants explore their culture, their perceptions of others, and how, with greater understanding, they can bridge gaps that have historically caused tension, violence, and a lack of community cohesion.
Our objectives are to learn about prejudice and discrimination and their effects on others within our society. Nurture a sense of individual self-worth through recognition of ability, culture, ethnicity, faith/religion, and gender as an essential role in US society’s multicultural character and encourage the acceptance and appreciation of people from different backgrounds in ways that enhance co-existence.
Camp ANYTOWN is an intensive four-day, three-night residential leadership-development camp that aims to establish, empower, and equip the next wave of youth leaders. Our program trains high school students in diversity, equity, and inclusion through interactive workshops, group dialogue, and campaigns centered around social justice.
Students who experience Camp ANYTOWN leave the program equipped with the tools to increase their ability to foster inclusion and respect among all society members and reduce personal bias. The key to our success is bringing young people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds together for a challenging week of learning, sharing, and change.
There is no cost to attend camp, a full scholarship is awarded to each student that is accepted into the program. The total cost to send one student to camp is $400 so please notify us immediately if you are no longer able to attend.
Since 2007, our fundraising efforts have allowed us to offer our program at no cost to all high school students who get accepted to Camp ANYTOWN. Due to last minute cancellations and students failing to show up for camp without proper notification, we’ve implemented a new cancellation policy. Students who get accepted into the program and cancel 5 days before the start of camp or no call no show will be required to repay their $400 scholarship.
Each year, we receive over 500 student applications, however, due to limited space, we are only able to accept 70 students per camp and our goal is to always be at full capacity. In order to continue offering this program for free, we need to prove to our donors that all funded slots are consistently being filled.
70 high school students from different high schools throughout Southern Nevada attend each Anytown session. Participants are supported throughout the week by 30 volunteer staff members.
Our volunteer staff is made up of a diverse group of individuals from various cultures, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds across various fields such as education, social services, non-profit, government, criminal justice, retail, and hospitality. All volunteers are background checked & receive 24 hours of training prior to attending camp. 48% of volunteers are Camp ANYTOWN graduates
Camp Lee Canyon Youth Resident Camp is the host site for all of our camps – nestled among Lee Canyon area’s Ponderosa pines, a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. Delegates sleep in cabins that are all equipped with heaters. Meals are served three times per day. However, the campsite does not allow personal food or beverages (only water) in the cabins.
Camp ANYTOWN welcomes all students, regardless of their gender identity and expression. To create welcoming and safe spaces that respect the entire gender spectrum, we offer a gender-inclusive cabin that houses campers of different sexes and gender identities. We offer traditional single-gender cabins as well! Unfortunately, single rooms are not available at camp.
At Camp ANYTOWN, we have an interactive program called “Anytown Celebration Night,” where we host an open mic night, play games, and eat smores while gathered around our indoor fireplace. The dress code for the night is onesie pajamas or simple pajamas. Musical instruments and cultural dances are encouraged!
Camp ANYTOWN is a technology-free space – we ask that students give up their cell phones upon arrival. Items such as cell phones limit distractions and allow us to dive deep into the goals of Camp ANYTOWN. There is no cell reception at Camp Lee Canyon; however, the campsite does have a landline for usage, 702-872-5644.
If you need to cancel, please send a cancellation email to the Executive Director, Rico Ocampo, at email@example.com or call (702) 722-8517 at least five days before camp. Students who fail to adhere to this policy will be required to pay back their $400 scholarship.
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