Local youth get once-in-a-lifetime camping experience
Sunday, June 21, 2015 — Lassen County area children will camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer, thanks to Youth Camping Grants provided by the Lassen Park Foundation. The groups come from the CYSS Sierra Army Depot in Herlong and Long Valley Charter School in Susanville and Doyle.
“Nearly $28,000 in grants were awarded to 32 groups this year,” said Lassen Park Foundation Executive Director Kristen Gray. “That’s slightly more than last year. For many of the 336 kids given these trips, it will be their first and perhaps the only time they go camping in their childhood.”
Children benefitting from the grants include battered and abused teens for whom “camping often has a life-changing beneficial effect,” said Gray. “At the national park they see truly amazing things and do things they never imagined they’d do. Camping helps build their self-confidence, independence, pride of accomplishment and a love of the outdoors. There’s just nothing like it for these kids.”