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Cy-Hope Makes Summer Camp Possible for Underserved Youth

Cy-Hope Makes Summer Camp Possible for Underserved Youth

June 01 2023

Overnight summer camps across Texas are already brimming with excitement as campers begin to arrive for week-long adventures away from home. From zip lining, swimming, and horseback riding, to crafting, games, and foam parties, summer camp is a magical time for kids to be kids while spending ample time outdoors and making new friends. But overnight camp can be cost prohibitive for many families, since the average weekly rate for overnight camp in Texas starts at around $1,000.

That's exactly why local non-profit Cy-Hope created Camp Lemonade, which helps send underserved youth to overnight summer camp at Stoney Creek Ranch, a Christian camp and retreat facility centrally located off of IH-10, 60 miles west of Houston in New Ulm. These students usually are in situations where they do not have the resources and funds to go to an overnight summer camp. Each summer, Camp Lemonade is open to students between 9 and 17 years old, and is usually offered initially to participants at Cy-Hope's Hope Centers, Dierkers Champs and Ambassador of Compassion. Stoney Creek Ranch works with organizations like Cy-Hope that target urban youth, giving campers the opportunity to experience the beauty of God’s creation through a life-changing camping adventure in the great outdoors.
Camp Lemonade is funded by a grant that is generously given to Cy-Hope by the Stoller Foundation, a grantmaking foundation empowering Christ-centered organizations by providing the resources to address capacity needs, pursue solutions to critical community issues, and help create volunteer opportunities. Fortunately, Cy-Hope has received a grant from the Stoller Foundation every year that they have applied. However, there are still additional costs like transportation for campers. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please click here.

This summer, Camp Lemonade plans to bring 65 kids, along with Genna Peard, Camp Lemonade director, and three leaders, to Stoney Creek Ranch for a week of zip lining, crafts, games, kayaking, fishing, swimming, archery and much more. No matter their socioeconomic background, these participants will have the life-changing opportunity to experience the wonder and excitement of summer camp, thanks to Cy-Hope's dedication for making life better for kids.

To learn more about Cy-Hope and their many programs, please visit their website at

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.



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