Urban Hope Summer Camp: Where Kids Become Young Heroes
Launched in 2004, the Urban Hope Summer Camp is a 6-week day camp (M-F, 8am-4pm, same kids all summer) that develops youth in eight core areas: Spiritual Formation, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy, Civic & Community Engagement, Health & Recreation, Science & Technology, and Cultural Arts.
Youth are engaged in daily devotions and weekly rap sessions where they discover what it means to shine the light of Christ in their community. The camp also offers entrepreneurial and leadership development opportunities, such as, catering for the Duke Youth Academy, creating and working concession stands at the Walltown Reunion, and planning and hosting Urban Hope’s Summer Banquet. Additionally, youth are taught how to manage money through financial literacy workshops and our camp store, exposed to the wonders of creation through hikes and a 3-day/2-night camping trip, and empowered to discover their gifts and talents through electives like dance, photography, hip hop, theater, and computer science.
Why Should You Send Your Kid To Urban Hope?
The Urban Hope Summer Camp is a safe place where kids establish new and deeper relationships with peers and adults, gain valuable knowledge and skills relevant to their lives, and learn how to make a meaningful contribution to their community. We maintain a low counselor to camper ratio (4:1) so that youth receive quality attention and development. Youth are placed in the following three tracks with key activities highlighted below:
- Bull City Leaders (rising 5th & 6th graders)
- Durham Dynomite (rising 7th & 8th graders)
- Walltown's Finest (rising 9th & 10th graders)
Entrepreneurship Challenges & Small Business Field Trips: We want every kid who comes through Urban Hope to know that they can make a meaningful contribution to their community. Throughout the course of the summer, campers engage in entrepreneurship challenges that help them apply business theory learned in the classroom through a “real life” for-profit business. Furthermore, the campers will take weekly field trips to meet an African-American or Latino professional or entrepreneur in the Triangle who has demonstrated success in his or her field.
Freedom Readers: One of the primary goals of the camp is to equip campers with a love of learning, critical thinking skills, and a black cultural and historical imagination. Over the course of the summer, each camper will participate in small group reading sessions where they will explore social, cultural, and political themes related to the lived experiences and contributions of people of color in the United States (past, present, future).
Rap Session: Another critical component of the camp is creating a space for campers to reflect on their lives and the world around them. Through weekly rap sessions, counselors use books, skits, movie clips, game shows, and other dynamic tools to engage campers in discussions around topics such as peer pressure, materialism, self-image, drugs, popular culture, leadership, dating relationships, depression/suicide, and social justice.
Details about the 2017 Urban Hope Summer Camp
This summer will mark the 14th year of the Urban Hope Summer Camp. We are now accepting applications for the next generation of young heroes!
When: June 19th – July 28th, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon Street, Durham, NC 27705
Who: The camp is open to students who (by Monday, June 12th) have completed the 4th grade through students who have completed the 9th grade
Cost: $75 per child per week; $450 for the entire summer. This includes breakfast and lunch (served daily) and all field trips, including the overnight camping trip (note that this trip is for rising 7th-10th graders only). There are fundraising opportunities and payment plans to help you pay for your child to attend camp. Download a Cost of Camp flyer and fill out the contact form below to find out more information.
To register your child for camp, you will need to fill out an Urban Hope Summer Camp application and attend a mandatory parent orientation.
Parent orientations will be held on the following dates at Blacknall Presbyterian Church (1902 Perry Street, Durham, NC 27705).
- Saturday, May 6 (11am)
- Tuesday, May 11 (7pm)
- Monday, May 22 (7pm)
- Tuesday, March 14 (7pm)
- Thursday, March 16 (1:30pm)
- Wednesday, March 22 (7pm)
Fill out the Urban Hope Summer Camp Contact Form below to learn more about the camp or sign up for a parent orientation