History & Mission


Reading Camp provides 3 through 5 graders who are reading below grade level non-traditional educational opportunities that build confidence and empower them to achieve academic success.


Reading Camp was founded in 2002 as a non-religious outreach program of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington to address low literacy levels in Kentucky. Reading Camp, with support from the communities it serves, has developed thriving day and overnight camps. The Reading Camp model has grown, and is used in several states as a way for churches and other organizations to support the literacy efforts of local schools. In Kentucky, Reading Camp now offers four day camp locations, one overnight camp, and three year-round book clubs, all with the same mission of building reading skills and confidence for Kentucky kids. True to the vision of its founders, Reading Camp is free for the families it serves, making the services available to the kids who need it the most.