Celebrating the Summer Urban Program 2020

550 campers, 150 staff, 1 unique and unforgettable summer!

It was a transformational summer for hundreds of young people in the Greater Boston area as PBHA’s Summer Urban Program (SUP) rose to the occasion of a virtual summer camp! Complete with its 11 camps, SUP served 550 children this summer in a new, virtual format.

In the weeks leading up to the start of camp, PBHA staff, students, and alumni individually programmed 550 iPads and Chromebooks and made home deliveries to campers along with wellness kits, and academic and art supplies.

100 college student directors and senior counselors, and 70 local high school student junior counselors taught and led campers who ranged in age from 5-19 everyday in classrooms on Zoom for five weeks of camp.

Campers and parents raved about camp, sharing that the new format particularly connected with students who struggled with distant learning in the late spring.

With an intention of not being on screens all day long, counselors led campers in activities away from screens, encouraging them to create chalk drawings, build zoology habitats after learning about animals, and much more before returning back to their virtual classrooms to present to their classmates. Campers also participated in book clubs and special interest clubs and many camps started the day with guided yoga.

We’re so thankful to our families, students, staff, alumni, supporters, and friends for working tirelessly to pull off a meaningful, educational, and fun-filled summer for young people in Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. We look forward to continuing this work in the fall!

At PBHA, we are committed to supporting all of our campers and families so everyone can thrive. If you have the capacity, please consider contributing to SUP, so we can continue offering enjoyable summer experiences and opportunities for learning and growth to our communities for years to come. Thank you for being a part of the SUP family!


PS. Want to see more from SUP? Check out the videos from our SUP Auction Live Finale, Midsummer Celebration, and our students’ and staff’s performance of “Seasons for SUP”!

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