Camp Siloam Awarded A $20,000 Grant from The Walmart Foundation
SILOAM SPRINGS – Camp Siloam announced Nov. 1 that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant will go toward the organization's
camper scholarship program.
Scholarships from the Walmart Foundation will be made available to campers living in Benton and Washington Counties as part of the Walmart Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Giving Program.
“We are so thrilled to receive this gift from the Walmart Foundation,” said Jason Wilkie, Camp Siloam Executive Director.
“Summer camp is one of the great ‘quality of life’ experiences I wish every American child could have. Unfortunately, the cost of camp makes it difficult for many families to send their children to a great camp,” he said.
One of the Walmart Foundation’s objectives is to enhance the quality of life for people in Northwest Arkansas by giving them access to recreational experiences like camp. Camp Siloam awarded $40,233 in camper scholarships during the summer of 2017. The Walmart Foundation will help Camp Siloam give more opportunities for campers to experience a week of camp.
Rex Griffin, Pastor at First Baptist Church, Elkins, said, “Our church will send over 100 kids to camp this year.
"Our church gives each child a $50 scholarship, but in addition to that, over 15 percent of the children and youth we take require additional funding. The church never turns anyone away. The need in our community, and indeed in Northwest Arkansas, is great. ... One week of camp can make a lifelong difference in the life of a child.”
At Camp Siloam, anyone can apply for a scholarship on behalf of a camper. The scholarships are awarded by a committee of staff who review the need for the scholarship.
“Much of the need expressed in the applications come from medical hardship,” said Wilkie.
“We see lots of kids who can’t afford to go to camp because families become strapped when someone has a serious medical emergency. The other situation we see is that a family may be able to afford to send one child to summer camp, but if they have three, four or five children, it gets cost prohibitive for most families to give all their children a summer camp experience at a residential camp.”
“One of our goals is that no camper would be turned away from attending camp because of the price," said Wilkie. "Scholarships are a key way for us to say ‘Yes’ to hundreds of campers who want to experience Camp Siloam.”