After significant consideration by the App Camp for Girls Board of Directors and in consultation with the organization’s co-founders and co-Executive Directors, it is with great sadness that we are announcing that camps will not be held this summer.
Although the organization was able to secure the funding needed for camps this summer, we have not been successful in attracting the minimum number of camp registrants to successfully run the camps. As our six years of history has shown us, we are unlikely to find the numbers we need this late in the season.
In addition, it has become apparent that the high-touch, high-craft model of App Camp is difficult to scale and the high cost per camper is not financially sustainable, particularly in light of increasing numbers of organizations serving similar missions. Rather than move forward with the likely outcome of disappointing campers, their families, our volunteers and our donors, we felt it would be more productive to take the time to research other ways to use our resources to support our mission.
We are so grateful for the amazing support and enthusiasm we have seen year in and year out from the community, donors, and our volunteers. App Camp’s success is the direct result of the generosity of our donors and the dedication, countless hours and hard work put in by our volunteer community. You have made a huge difference in the lives of many youth:
Over 250 App Camp participants
Held camps in seven cities in the US and Canada
68 apps created
Thank you all for helping App Camp to deliver on its mission over the past six years and, in doing so, help to create a market that has attracted more programs to serve an underrepresented population seeking careers in the tech industry. As valued supporters of App Camp and members of the App Camp community, we will keep you informed of decisions on next steps as they are made.
To read more about our decision, please see our FAQ.
– Board of Directors, App Camp for Girls