Camp POSTCARD Receives $10,000 From Scott Foundation Generage Group
A longtime, well-respected camp aimed at preventing at-risk behavior among youths has received a cash infusion of $10,000.
The Scott Foundation Generage Group has awarded $10,000 for Volunteers of America, Camp POSTCARD (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams), in Montana and Wyoming, according to Dave Shumway, communications director for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies.
The is offered each summer for select Montana fifth- and sixth-graders at the Beartooth Mountain Christian Camp near Nye. To get a glimpse into their activities, check out their photo album here.
Camp POSTCARD is structured to build a trusting and longstanding rapport between the children who attend camp and the counselors, according to Shumway. The counselors are law enforcement and school resource officers from the children’s respective counties. The premise is that these relationships, which are established early in the youths’ lives, will prevent future at-risk behavior and subsequent negative lifelong consequences.
"Giving kids, at a critical point in their lives, this amazing opportunity can be very powerful," Geoffrey Scott, a representative of the Generage Group, said in a prepared statement. "That connection with positive role models (law enforcement officers) has the potential to change their path through the sometimes difficult teen years – for the better."
We are extremely grateful for the support of the Scott Foundation Generate Group and its recognition for the importance of Camp POSTCARD for youth leadership and development, said Volunteers of America Northern Rockies CEO & President, Jeff Holsinger.
Stacey Black, Scott Foundation representative at First Iinterstate Bank, Billings explained that the Generage Group is a network of next generation youth philanthropists that come from different family life experiences and personal stages of life.
"Their goal is to participate in the advancement of communities and the next generation of leadership across the landscapes where we live," Black said.
This effort is in collaboration with the Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation and the Dan & Jeanne Scott Family Foundation.
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing services to the needy that will help them rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Their services include children’s programs, veteran services, affordable housing for seniors, substance abuse treatment, services for the homeless, correctional services, and community enhancement projects.