At Camp Anytown, we teach students that prejudice and discrimination emerges from a lack of understanding, exposure to different people, and preconditioned racist ideas. Students have demonstrated that as a result of their experience, they have decreased their internal prejudices towards racial groups and increased their anti-racist thinking. If you’re interested in taking your knowledge of social justice to the next level, click below to apply!
“Camp Anytown opened my eyes to the different levels of prejudice we see on a daily basis. The program has made me feel more included in my community and has shown me how to act when people feel excluded – It has revived me to reality.” – Aimee, 2018 fall delegate
“Camp Anytown taught me that I am not crazy to think I can change the world, I am crazy if I think if I can do it alone.” – Shaun, 2018 fall delegate
“I am going to change the world by creating a community that breaks down barriers and promotes coexistence” – Kaitlyn, 2018 fall delegate
“Antyown made me feel like I could be accepted by a people where individuals can learn from me and use my pronouns. I no longer have to fake being myself – I have never felt more me than before. Thank you.” Taylor, 2019 spring delegate
“I learned that as long as we stand together, we can accomplish so much more” Juan, 2018 fall delegate
“Attending Camp Anytown and becoming a part of the Anytown family is one step closer to eliminating prejudice in our community. At camp, delegates learn through productive discussions and workshops the importance of not letting these preconceptions control the way we treat others.” – Kira, 2018 fall delegate
Camp Anytown Las Vegas is a social justice and leadership program that aims to establish, empower and equip the next wave of youth leaders. Our program trains high school students in diversity, equity, and inclusion through interactive workshops, group dialogue, and campaigns centered around social justice.
Students who experience Camp Anytown leave the program equipped with the tools to increase their ability to foster inclusion and respect among all members of society and reduce personal bias. The key to our success is bringing young people of all races, cultures, religions and backgrounds together for a challenging week of learning, sharing and change.
There is no cost to attend camp, a full scholarship is awarded to each student that is accepted into the program. The total cost to send one student to camp is $400 so please notify us immediately if you are no longer able to attend.
Since 2007, our fundraising efforts have allowed us to offer our program at no cost to all high school students who get accepted to Camp Anytown. Due to last minute cancellations and students failing to show up for camp without proper notification, we’ve implemented a new cancellation policy. Students who get accepted into the program and cancel 5 days before the start of camp or no call no show will be required to repay their $400 scholarship.
Each year, we receive over 500 student applications, however, due to limited space, we are only able to accept 70 students per camp and our goal is to always be at full capacity. In order to continue offering this program for free, we need to prove to our donors that all funded slots are consistently being filled.
70 high school students from different high schools throughout Southern Nevada attend each Anytown session. Participants are supported throughout the week by 30 volunteer staff members.
Camp Anytown is held at Camp Lee Canyon Youth Resident Camp, a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. Delegates sleep in cabins that are all equipped with heaters and are served meals three times per day. The campsite does not allow food or beverages (only water) in the cabins so please do not bring food or snacks from home.
Camp Anytown welcomes all students, regardless of their gender identity and/or expression. In order to create welcoming and safe spaces that respect the full gender spectrum, we offer a gender inclusive cabin which houses campers of different sexes and gender identities. We offer traditional single-gender cabins as well! Unfortunately, single rooms are not available at camp.
At Camp Anytown, we have an interactive program called “Anytown Celebration Night” where we host an open mic night, play games, and eat s’mores while gathered around our indoor fireplace. The dress code for the night is onesie pajamas or simple pajamas. Musical instruments and cultural dances are encouraged!
Our volunteer staff is made up of a diverse group of individuals from various cultures, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds across various fields such as education, social services, non-profit, government, criminal justice, retail, and hospitality. All volunteers are background checked & receive 24 hours of training prior to attending camp.
Camp Anytown Las Vegas is a technology free space – we ask that students give up their cell phones upon arrival. This not only limits the distractions and allows us to really dive deep into what camp is about. There is no cell reception at Camp Lee Canyon, however, the campsite does have a landline for usage: 702-872-5644
If you need to cancel, please send a cancellation email to the Executive Director, Rico Ocampo at email@example.com or call (702) 722-8517 at least 5 days before camp. Students who fail to adhere to this policy will be required to pay back their $400 scholarship.
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