Start a Camp

Start a Camp

The Reading Camp Network (RCN) empowers community groups to tackle literacy challenges for elementary students.

How to Start a Camp

    • Contact the Reading Camp office
    • Establish an organizational committee and leadership team
    • Determine funding source(s)
    • Pay annual membership fee
    • Send member(s) of organizational committee and/or leadership team to an established camp in the summer for training
    • Attend the annual Reading Camp Network conference in the fall
    • Begin planning your summer Reading Camp based on Reading Camp Network manual

Goals of the RCN

    • Establish sustainable, responsibly managed Reading Camp programs in new locations
    • Provide leadership training and support to existing programs
    • Achieve an economy of scale, providing a high level of visibility to all programs while saving money on website management, communications, publications, etc. 


All Reading Camp Network members pay an annual membership fee. Members are expected to attend the annual Reading Camp Network Conference in the fall of each year.

Benefits of Membership

    • Manual – Access to unlimited downloads of the Reading Camp Network manual, as well as any revisions, additions, or new materials that are produced throughout the year (Copies are copyright protected and may only be used by member programs; copyright infringement is forbidden)
    • I.D.E.A. page – Access to an online community I.D.E.A. page hosted by Facebook where members will be able to post and respond to questions, collaborate and share ideas, and more
    • Executive director is available for on-sight consultation and training 
    • Website representation – full inclusion on the Reading Camp website with a unique page provided for your program
    • Reading Camp Network conference – An opportunity for camp leadership to share best practices and learn new strategies
    • Publications – Access to marketing and collateral materials produced by the Reading Camp office
    • Camp specialty items (t-shirts, bags, etc.) at discounted prices
    • Social media – Reading Camp maintains Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts
    • Fundraising Support – Year-round fundraising for Reading Camp and assistance with identifying sustainable fund development opportunities such as grants and business partnerships