"Change is good, but constant change is called evolution." -Adrian Fields
Since 2013, Camp Endeavor has been providing low-cost OST and summer programming serving children and families in North Philadelphia, with a focus on STE(A)M and hands-on, career-based learning. Annually, our community-based programs provide 700+ children from underserved communities with access to entrepreneurship and career-based learning opportunities that focus on social, emotional, and physical growth.
The vision of Camp Endeavor is to support academic achievement and long-term career success through multi-faceted OST programs that teach youth how to be entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators from Kindergarten through 12th grade. By creating strong partnerships with the schools, families, and communities we serve, we can deliver cost effective, safe, and structured learning opportunities.
Camp Endeavor relies on strong partnerships with community and business leaders to provide hands-on career learning experiences. For example, during the pandemic, we responded to a need from our partner schools to help increase participation in virtual school. We partnered with Philly Esports to launch a virtual mentoring and live egaming tournament with local professionals, which increased attendance and engagement in virtual school activities. For years, our business community has helped to build a stock program libraries to combat the 'Summer Reading Slide,' helping increase reading scores each summer.
We are focused on building on best practices in STE(A)M and career-based learning, supporting individual academic achievement, and building strong, active, and engaged communities. Our diverse team brings combined experience in OST management, education, business, marketing and communications, finance and budget management, and social work.
We are proud of the growth and success of Camp Endeavor, from launching a successful low-cost summer program to serving 700+ students throughout the school year at four sites. We are committed to advocating for excellent OST programs in our city and state, as we continue to expand our OST program to serve more communities throughout Philadelphia.
2013 - Program launch
2014 - Pilot program served 75 children, with low-cost summer programming targeting the 'Summer Reading Slide.' 100% of participants moved up one reading level or more.
2015 - Worked with KTC Bell Scholars Program to create an alumni to educator pipeline for former students. Collaborated with First Book and Read by Six programs to build summer libraries. Introduced first entrepreneurship program, 10-year old participant launches local business.
2016 - Started year round OST program in North Philadelphia school serving 100 children, delivering aftercare for $6/day per student with 100% private pay and no state funding.
2017 - Expanded aftercare program to two school sites in North Philadelphia, serving over 700 students. Began working with parents as part of the entrepreneurship training program, helping them turn ideas into businesses.
2018 - Mentored “Project Positive” through the nonprofit launch process. The success nonprofit dance group now provides daily classes to our students.
2019 - Introduced a behavior based eGame rewards program.
2020 - Partnered with Philly Esports to launch PPP, an Esports tournament featuring local gaming professionals designed to increase attendance and participation in virtual school during the pandemic. Expanded to five schools in the first two seasons.