Camp POSTCARD Backpack drive
send Maine kids to Camp!
Camp POSTCARD, Our Annual Free Summer Camp for Maine Kids, is coming in June! Our Backpack Drive provides necessary and critical funding to make Camp possible for kids, and to send them home with their very own sleeping bags, beach towels, pillows, personal hygiene supplies, and school supplies to give them a jump start for fall classes.
Help us collect in-kind donations of camping and school supplies, or cash donations to cover food, shelter and activity costs for 150 kids from all over Maine. At the end of this very special week, every child goes home with a backpack full of useful goods, an armload of arts and crafts, and a lifetime of memories.
Call us at 207.373.1140 to find the donation drop off location nearest to you, or to make a monetary donation with a credit card. You can also Click Here to Donate!
* Here's why we ask...
Maine is home to hundreds of summer camps. Families from all over the world send their kids here to enjoy its greatest bounty - our beautiful outdoors. Sadly, some of our own kids don't get to experience the joys of the summer camps that are right here in their home state.
Camp POSTCARD started as a program to give boys and girls the chance to be part of the great Maine Summer Camp experience. Now in our 23rd year, Camp POSTCARD is still going strong! Volunteers of America is proud to say we've sent over 3000 5th and 6th grade boys and girls to experience the fun of going to camp.
At a time when law enforcement agencies in other parts of the county aren't always seen in a positive light, the people of Maine can be proud of our women and men in law enforcement across the state who are providing positive leadership and mentoring our youth.
Every summer for one week in June, 150 campers and 75 law enforcement officers come from all over the state and all walks of life to participate. We work with school resource officers and guidance counselors to make sure that the kids who need it most, come to camp - at no cost to them.
We're most proud of our law enforcement volunteers - many who return year after year as camp counselors to a group of campers. Former campers come back to join us as adult camp counselors! Camp POSTCARD made a difference in their lives and they want to pay it forward.
Some of our campers have never been away from home or been to camp. Some are kids who might to not be successful at another summer camp. Our counselors understand this and help guide these campers toward making good choices, cultivating trust in law enforcement. We believe that this is community policing at its best.
When kids go back to their communities they can point to their school resource officer or local policeman and tell their friends that the officer is someone who they can trust, someone who knows how to have fun and someone who can offer gentle guidance.