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Happy Camper Night 2020

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Happy Camper Night is an annual fundraiser, now in its eighth year, benefitting Wayfinders (formerly Bruce Irons Camp Fund), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides summer camp opportunities, year-round enrichment programs, and mentoring to at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who demonstrate strong academic effort, leadership potential, and good citizenship.

This year, we are celebrating our scholars and Happy Camper Night a little differently. Bring Happy Camper Night to your own backyard this year with our Happy Camper Night Dinner or S’mores boxes available for delivery. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available. Contact development director Libby Velinsky at for more information.

All proceeds from Happy Camper Night benefit our Wayfinders scholars. Wayfinders’ mission is to ignite students’ potential by expanding their confidence, connections, and horizons. We achieve this through summer camp experience, year-round enrichment programs, and mentor relationships for self-motivated, underserved students.

In 2020, Wayfinders will serve 150 low-income Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students. To provide summer enrichment for our scholars this summer, we have identified 21 local and virtual online camps with 15 partners that scholars can enroll in based on their interests including Duke Summer Session, Wake Forest Summer Immersion, UNCG’s All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp, McColl Center for Arts + Innovation, Discovery Place Science, and more. Some of our older scholars will build skills through internships and employment.

To complement camps, we will host virtual and in-person activities and provide educational and engaging monthly themed care packages including: Coping Skills and Resiliency, Get Outside and Move!, Building Bridges Across Difference, and Back to School. With our scholars’ well-being in mind, we will also be distributing face masks donated by individuals across the country.

Wayfinders works to provide underserved youth with access to enriching out-of-school experiences, opportunities, and expanded social networks essential for success in school and in life. YOUR support of Happy Camper Night 2020 will expand Wayfinders’ programs and deepen the positive lasting impact made on our scholars.

Thank you to our sponsors






The Bell Team, LLC-Cottingham Chalk

Ernst & Young LLP

Helena Lopez/Rodan+Fields

Laxer, Long & Savage

Moore & Van Allen

Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery