Why Give to Camp Onas?

Summer Camps are great for kids. We’ve always known this, but there is a growing body of research that is proving that well-designed summer camp experiences promote independence, confidence, feelings of personal responsibility and agency, social intelligence, problem solving, positive feelings of personal identity, and more.

Camp Onas is a particularly effective at delivering the benefits of overnight camping because of our program has, for nearly 100 years, honored individual freedom, community, integrity, and independence.  Onas has always focused on offering a simple program that is people-centered rather than equipment or “stuff” centered. This leaves a lot of space to practice creativity, problem solving, and cooperation … which are essential life skills that promote feelings of confidence, resilience, and an overall sense of wellbeing.

We are careful and thoughtful stewards of our financial resources. Camp Onas makes every effort to provide a quality camp experience at a fraction of the cost of other camps. We are committed to keeping our camp program accessible to families and we provide tuition assistance to families who couldn’t otherwise afford camp. We do this by carefully monitoring our expenses, engaging in long-range financial planning, and enlisting the help of donors and foundations. As an organization, we place a premium on value, quality, and long-term organizational stability.

Our Quaker values guide us in an ever-changing world. As the saying goes: “If you don’t stand for something, you might fall for anything.” Camp Onas holds to its Quaker roots … and Simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality/ equity, and stewardship are more than our foundation: They are aour guideposts. Even as an organization with longstanding and deeply loved traditions, the Camp Onas community is comfortable with self-examination and making changes that help us better enact our values.  This allows us to stay true to our history, and confidently evolve without going off-course.

Your contributions are essential to our continued success. Camp’s future and its ability to increase peoples’ sense of purpose, connection, and responsiblity for another 100 years depends on the support of our donors and extended community. Tuition and rental fees cover a portion of our expenses but they do not cover the full cost of operating Camp Onas and keeping it in good repair for future generations.

You donation can help fund special projects and programs, make camp accessible through our financial aid program, support ongoing upkeep of our facilties, and ensure Camp’s enduring legacy by lending finacial stability. If you would like to know more about how your contributions support Camp Onas, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Holly or Matt will be happy to answer your questions.  Our office number is 610-847-5858 and we both read and respond to emails sent to friends@camponas.org. (Read more about our funds and how your donation can help).