The BGGCA provides kids with safe and fun summer experiences that give them the confidence to learn, explore, grow, and discover their passion and maybe even experience the great outdoors.
Unfortunately, some kids face challenges that threaten their ability to have positive summer experiences that could lead to a great start to the school year. Your donation will enable more Capital Area kids to have access to our camp facilities which provide a safe space and a jump start to the coming school year.
What is Learning Loss?
Studies show that children who are not in engaged in meaningful summer learning opportunities are destined to start the next school year behind their peers.
These students are especially at risk of falling an entire grade behind their fellow students by 5th grade if they are not provided with summer enrichment and learning opportunities.
While all students are suffering, those who came into the pandemic with the fewest academic opportunities are on track to exit with the greatest learning loss
(Read this article for more).
NBC shows how summer learning loss puts students at a disadvantage academically.
Here’s the good news. Experts say that expanded learning programs like Summer Camps are the answer to combat Learning Loss! Our 8-week summer camp offers a healthy and safe place for low-income youth with enrichment-based activities designed to help combat summer learning loss.
Our summer camp programs balance educational, interactive, hands-on projects and enrichment activities that integrate learning activities to complement what children are learning during the school year with typical summer camp activities, such as music, games and sports.
The Case for Camp
High-quality summer programming is essential to the academic and social success of the youth we serve. All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical skills over the summer months.
Low-income students also lose two months in reading achievement, despite their peers making slight gains.
More than half of the achievement gap between varying income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
The achievement gap widens during distance learning where experience disparity in teacher access, connectivity, and adult help.
As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college. (Catherine Augustine 2016).
Barbara Heyns, a New York University sociologist, spent two years following nearly 3,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students in Atlanta’s public schools. She found that children who read at least six books during the summer maintained or improved their reading skills, while children who did not read at all during the summer saw their literacy skills slip by as much as an entire grade level.
Camp doesn’t just impact academic success. Our camp also cultivates healthy lifestyles. In 2016, only 16 percent of the students who were receiving free or reduced-price lunches received similar services during summer.
Most community food banks report summer as the busiest time, suggesting that it is a time of real struggle for families. Additionally, most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break due to low-nutrition food and a lack of exercise.
“If kids living don’t have access to healthy food and safe places to play, what are we setting them up for? . . . It seems almost an unreasonable expectation for many of these students to be ready for school in the fall when they have gone part or all of the summer break without adequate nourishment for their bodies or minds.”
— Patrice Chamberlain, Director, CA Summer Meal Coalition
McKinsey & Company:
COVID-19 and learning loss—disparities grow and students need help
Why do Summer Learning and Wellness Programs Matter?