Camp Fire Camp Receives AmeriCorp Award
Granbury, Texas (June 5, 2014) - Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro was recognized as "Sponsor of the Round" for the AmeriCorps Southwest Region. Camp El Tesoro was the only sponsor to receive the award during this round.
AmeriCorp has 28 teams of volunteers to serve at project sponsor sites in the southwest region. Each of these projects are referred to as "rounds" during the most recent round, R4, a team was assigned to Camp El Tesoro.
"Each time we have hosted an AmeriCorp team, we have been intentional identifying projects that focus on the goals of both the organizations. The time they put in and outcomes we see on our property and in programming is reward enough, but we are thrilled to be recognized in this way," said Lisa Cook, vice president of the outdoor division at Camp Fire First Texas.
The team leader submitted Camp El Tesoro for the Sponsor of the Round award. Whittled down from 28 project sponsors, only seven leaders felt their sponsor qualified. Following a review and vote by the AmeriCorp leadership, Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro was recognized as the "Sponsor of the Round" for meeting the criteria and mission of AmeriCorp NCCC.
The AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region recognizes that along with Team Leaders and Corps Members, our project sponsors and site supervisors play a critical role in achieving project success. It the expectation that these project sponsors partner with the teams to accomplish the NCCC mission of strengthening communities and developing leaders.
High performing sponsors are identified by how well NCCC is utilized to fulfill the needs, setting a good foundation for the teams, providing a healthy and safe living environment and able to articulate and demonstrate how the project fits in with larger social and community issues.
This is Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro's sixth AmeriCorp team. This round of volunteers focused on supporting outdoor education programming, camp maintenance and community outreach.
Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro is an 81 year old, 223-acre camp in Granbury, Texas. Open to all community members, the camp hosts traditional summer overnight and day camps for boys and girls age 6-16, outdoor education programming for school groups using specially developed curriculum and community rental groups.
Camp Fire is one of the nation's leading nonprofit youth development organizations, serving youth, teens, and families in communities across the United States. Camp Fire programs are research-based, delivered where youth and families are via out-of-school time, environmental and camp, and teen service, and leadership programs. Because youth want to shape the world, Camp Fire's focus is giving youth and teens the opportunity to find their sparks, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Camp Fire programs are proven to develop young peoples' skills now so they can reach their full potential. Learn more about the history of how this vital organization has continued to serve children and those that teach them throughout the last century by visiting CampFireFW.org.