Working Toward Anti-Racism

Sanborn Western Camps was founded in the aftermath of one of the most violent and destructive time periods in modern history. From the anguish felt during WWII came the fundamental mission of SWC: to bring people together in the outdoors. We strive to unite people in the outdoors by bringing individuals together regardless of background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or life experience, and to provide the space and time to get to know each other and grow together through adventure in the natural world. We hope–like Sandy and Laura hoped–when people come to camp, they discover they have a shared humanity.

Yet hope isn’t always enough. We recognize that the violence toward BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities predated the war and sadly continues. We also recognize that systemic racism needs to be addressed in this country.

We stand for racial equity and believe that black lives matter.

We make this statement to commit ourselves and to encourage our campers, families, and the entire SWC community to seek out opportunities to learn more and to support local organizations working to improve equity and provide youth development experiences for BIPOC communities. Individuals of color experience outdoor spaces differently, especially within the predominantly white outdoor industry in which we operate. It is with this awareness that we strive to improve our society, enhance our understanding and build community with all people.

We will continue to mute our regular social media postings in order to make space and amplify voices of the BIPOC communities, while taking the time to listen and expand our own perspectives as an educational organization.

Linked here is a document composed of a few resources that our staff have found helpful and insightful during this time.

There is still much work to be done.

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“To live together in the outdoors building a sense of self, a sense of community, a sense of the earth, and a sense of wonder through fun and adventure.” - Sanborn Western Camps Mission Statement