In 2008, Camp St. Vincent moved to its current home in Patterson Park, a 137-acre jewel nicknamed, "Best Backyard in Baltimore." Throughout the summer, an average of 250 homeless children -- ages 5 to 14 --from shelters and transitional housing programs in Baltimore City and Baltimore County spend their days with camp fun.
The camp curriculum helps homeless children develop coping and social skills that lessen the impact of being homeless. And since all of the children at Camp St. Vincent are homeless, they begin to understand they are not alone, and develop relationships with other campers who share their experience.
Camp also provides daily breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as any clothing a child may need to participate in camp - such as tennis shoes, bathing suits, shorts, and socks.
Days at Camp St. Vincent include including swimming, sports, art and dance. There are field trips to local spots such as the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the American Visionary Art Museum, the Naval Academy, and bowling and rollerskating. Perhaps most importantly, campers also receive academic enrichment in math and reading to reduce the summer learning loss that is so profound for homeless children.