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Our Impact

With a name like Camp Laugh A Lot, it's clear that one of our intended impacts is that youth will have fun-filled days at camp. Many of our campers come from difficult home situations. Providing fun-filled, carefree days in a nurturing and positive environment fills an important need.  But camp is not just about fun!  There are many impacts...

  • Providing opportunities for Lakota youth to learn about nature and indigenous knowledge of the natural world will enhance their appreciation of nature, and will encourage them to become involved in caring for the environment, both in childhood and adulthood.

  • Through carefully planned activities and approaches, and by providing a nurturing environment at Camp, children will build positive relations, and their self-image will be enhanced.

  • By providing the opportunity for Lakota youth to spend quality time in the Black Hills, this area will become more than the special place we can only read and hear about.   

  • Campers' will understand that everyone has something special to give and everyone can make a difference. Through their experiences with volunteering through Camp Laugh A Lot, young people will be inspired to adopt an approach that involves noticing who needs help, thinking of how one can help meet the needs of others, offering assistance, and organizing and implementing a self-help initiative. This experience will instill principles of self-help and of helping others that will be applied in both childhood and adulthood.

Camp may be a small part of a child's life, a small window in time and space, but no matter how small, a window provides an opening, an opening to a potentially huge horizon. 

Our Mission

Impacts

  • Providing opportunities for Lakota children to learn about nature and indigenous knowledge of the natural world will enhance their appreciation of nature, and will encourage them to become involved in caring for the environment both in childhood and adulthood.

  • Through carefully planned activities and approaches, and by providing a nurturing environment at Camp, children will build positive relations, and their self-image will be enhanced.

  • By providing the opportunity for Lakota children to spend quality time in the Black Hills, this area will become more than a place they read and hear about. It will become a special place to them as individuals.

  • Campers' will understand that everyone has something special to give and everyone can make a difference. Through their experiences with volunteering through Camp Laugh A Lot, young people will be inspired to adopt an approach that involves noticing who needs help, thinking of how one can help meet the needs of others, offering assistance, and organizing and implementing a self-help initiative. This experience will instill principles of self-help and of helping others that will be applied in both childhood and adulthood.

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