Antiracism

We must confront racism publicly, continually, and relentlessly. The fight against racism requires pro-active work.

Community

We commit to building inclusive and diverse communities grounded in solidarity and vulnerability.

Youth Leadership

We define leadership not based on performance but demonstrated capability, positive or negative.

Compassion

We are compelled to make compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world.

Apply to Camp Anytown!

Camp Anytown intentionally brings together high school students from different races, ethnicities, religions, genders, orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and other social groups. At Camp Anytown, delegates engage in interactive workshops and group discussions to better understand themselves and learn effective methods of discussing complex topics such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of personal identity.

 

We believe that investing in youth leaders today lays the groundwork for building communities rooted in solidarity while recognizing and dismantling white supremacy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Camp ANYTOWN?

Camp Anytown is the longest-running anti-bias youth program in Nevada and has served over 4,000 high school students since 1983. We intentionally bring together high school students from different races, ethnicities, religions, genders, orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and other social groups for a four-day overnight camp.

 

At Camp Anytown, delegates engage in interactive workshops and group discussions to better understand themselves and learn effective methods of discussing complex topics such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of personal identity.

Do you have a COVID-19 policy?

Click here to view our COVID-19 Safety Guide.

Who can apply?

The Camp Anytown program is open to students who have completed at least one year of high school (rising Sophomores to Seniors graduating in 2023).

When is the application deadline?

Delegate applications are due by Sunday, September 11, 2022.

What are the 2022 dates?

Camp Anytown’s fall session will run from Thursday, October 6th to Sunday, October 9th, 2022.

How much does it cost to attend?

There is no tuition fee for Camp Anytown. The program is provided at no cost to participants. It includes a full week of live programming, a Camp Anytown swag bag, lodging, transportation, and meals.

 

Our fundraising efforts are supported by the Nevada DMV Golden Rule license plate, the annual Mayors Community Breakfast, as well as community grants and private contributions.

Do you provide an excused absence note for missing school?

Yes, we will provide an excused absence letter to the parent/guardian of every student accepted to the program. However, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to arrange the absence before leaving for camp, and the student does not exceed the allowable ten (10) arranged days per school.

Do you provide transportation to camp?

A bus will depart on Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. from the Cambridge Recreation Center and return to Las Vegas by bus on Sunday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m. Participants must be dropped off at the student drop-off and pick-up area by their parents or guardians.

Where is Camp Anytown being held this year?

Our camps are hosted at Camp Lee Canyon Youth Resident Camp: 6201 Lee Canyon Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89124. The campground stands on Southern Paiute land, 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

What about lodging and meals?

We welcome all students, regardless of their gender identity and/or expression. In order to create welcoming and safe spaces that are inclusive to all students, we offer traditional single-gender cabins and gender-inclusive cabins. All meeting spaces and sleeping spaces are air-conditioned. Water is available throughout the day and meals are served three times a day.

 

Can I bring my prescription medication?

Yes, of course! Every camp session is staffed with a medical professional. Medication must be received in the original prescription container with the student’s name. All medications will be stored in a locked medicine cabinet throughout camp and will be returned on the last day.

How many students will be accepted in 2022?

Anytown Las Vegas plans to accept 60 students to take part in Camp Anytown’s 2022 fall session.

How will Camp ANYTOWN help me?

As a result of attending Camp Anytown, graduates report several of the following:

 

  • An increase in understanding of the negative effects of prejudice and discrimination.
  • An increase in understanding and respecting religious beliefs other than their own.
  • An increase in sense of self.
  • An increase in wanting to give back to their community.

 

Also, check out our 2020 impact report.

Where do you get your volunteer staff from?

We have an extremely diverse volunteer staff representing cultures, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds across a range of fields including education, social services, non-profits, government, criminal justice, retail, and hospitality.

 

Before attending camp, all volunteers undergo a background check, and national sex offender search, and receive 24 hours of training.

What basic items should I bring?

Please refer to the packing list for more information.  Click here.

What special items should I bring?

We have an interactive program called “Anytown Celebration Night,” where we host an open mic night, play games, and eat smores around our indoor fireplace. The dress code for the evening is onesie pajamas or simple pajamas. It is encouraged to bring musical instruments, cultural clothing, and religious artifacts.

Can I call or text while I'm at Camp ANYTOWN?

Camp Anytown is a technology-free environment; students are asked to turn in their cell phones upon arrival. Mobile phones limit distractions and enable us to focus on the goals of Camp Anytown. Additionally, there is no cell reception at Camp Lee Canyon, but a landline is available for use, 702-872-5644.

What is your cancellation policy?

Through our fundraising efforts, we’ve been able to offer our program at no cost to Nevada high school students. Our cancellation policy has been updated due to last-minute cancellations and students not showing up without proper notice. Students who are accepted into the Camp Anytown program and cancel 5 days before camp starts or are no-call no-shows will be charged a $350 cancellation fee.

 

Every year, we get over 500 applications, but because of limited space, we can only accept 70 students per camp. It’s critical that we prove to our donors that all funded spots are being filled so we can keep this program free.

 

When a student cancels less than 5 days before camp, it’s considered a late cancellation. This means that if you are accepted into the program but are no longer able to attend Camp Anytown for whatever reason, the last day to cancel your spot is Saturday, October 2nd. No-call no-shows are when a student confirms their spot for Camp Anytown and fails to show up at the bus pickup location on the first day of camp.

 

If you need to cancel your spot at camp, please call us at 702-722-8517 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or send an email at rico@campanytownlasvegas.org

Please do not bring the following items

Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, vapes, tobacco products, weapons, lighters, or food.