Pilot Program in Hawaii Benefits Coast Guard Families
With the costs of summer enrichment and camp programs on the rise, many Coast Guard families found these programs simply too expensive to consider enrolling their children.
The Coast Guard Foundation’s pilot program provided grants for Coast Guard children to enroll in quality camps and programs that fit the individual family’s needs. The Foundation identified more than 50 types of eligible camps that fit broadly into the categories of sports and fitness, STEM, fine arts, academic enrichment, and outdoor recreation and camping. The Coast Guard Foundation’s summer camp and youth enrichment program initiative was made possible with the generous support of Norwegian Cruise Line.
To date, the organization has supported 52 children of Coast Guard members stationed throughout Hawaii. Eligible dependents attended summer programs and camps, and more enrolled in enrichment activities during the October school break. The Foundation will continue the program through May 2019 to provide financial resources for even more Coast Guard children.
A Coast Guard spouse shared:
“I am writing to thank you, and the Coast Guard Foundation, for the very generous grant for our daughter to attend summer camp. We are currently stationed in Hawaii (during my husband’s 21st year of service) and were very fortunate to receive this money. Extracurricular activities can be challenging to afford as the cost of living here is extremely high. And with this grant, my daughter was able to attend Horse Camp for a week. This was a welcome distraction from her Dad’s deployment.”
“I am grateful to our funding partner, Norwegian Cruise Line, and all of our supporters here in Hawaii, who help us make important programs like this one a reality for families living and serving in the 14th Coast Guard District,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “We hope that these children will continue to thrive and grow in this uniquely beautiful place and gain valuable life skills and experiences through this program offering.”
Interested Coast Guard families can find out more information at coastguardfoundation.org/hawaiicamp.