Capstone Program


What is the Capstone Program?

A Thousand Summers is committed to empowering the young people we serve to be agents of change and create opportunities to do good in their communities.

The Capstone Program invites our returning campers, with their Mentor’s support, to design and lead a service project during the school year in their community. Campers maximize the impact of the personal growth and development attained through their camp experiences to make a difference and further develop leadership skills that can serve them now and in the future.

Do I qualify?

The ideal Capstone candidate would be:

  • A returning A THOUSAND SUMMERS (John Austin Cheley Foundation) camper
  • 15 years old at the time of camp
  • Willing to complete a service project in their community

Why should I participate?

Choosing to participate in the Capstone program will:

  • strengthen your community and provide an opportunity to give back
  • promote your personal growth and civic responsibility
  • give you experience in your chosen area
  • provide you the opportunity to test out a potential career

Capstone service hours accrued may count towards your school community service requirements.
Capstone service project outcomes and accomplishments are shared with your camp to enhance your leadership program application whether it be the CILT, CIT, Junior Counselor or Pathfinding program.


What is expected of a Capstone Camper?

The Capstone Campership application asks the applicant to propose a potential service project idea.

If awarded a Capstone Campership, the camper will develop and implement a service project in their community during the school year. The Capstone Mentor will support the camper throughout the project.

The Capstone Program Guide provides the structure of the program and is to be completed as part of the program requirements.


What is expected of a Capstone Mentor?

The Mentor will support the camper with:

  • service project development
  • service project implementation
  • service project reflections
  • service project presentation creation

The Capstone Mentor Guide is available as a resource to support the Capstone Mentor through the program.

A Capstone Coach will be available as needed to support the Mentor through the Capstone Program.


Capstone Program Timeline

September 1st
Capstone Campership Application available online

OCTOBER 15th
CAPSTONE CAMPERSHIP APPLICATION DUE DATE

December-January
Mentor and camper/parent meetings

FEBRUARY 3rd
PROJECT START DATE (if project is ongoing)

February-March
Mentor and camper/parent meetings

MARCH 16th
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE

APRIL 15th
PROJECT PRESENTATION & OUTLINE SUBMISSION DATE

*Adjust calendar as needed, to consider Winter Break and Spring Break, in order to ensure project is complete and presentation is submitted by due date.


What Capstone projects have been done in the past?

NOTE: Our 2020 Capstone Program was suspended due to concerns over COVID-19.

The 2019 Capstone Program projects provided services to over 1500 people across the country.

Click on the images below to view the service projects.


Previous Projects

Human Services Projects

Isabella – Time Well Spent With Bessie

Jean – Helping People In Need

Bella – Food For The Homeless

Jade – Spreading Love Suicide Prevention

Skyler – Care and Share

Evelyn – Cards For You

Emma and Emilee – Kids for Kids

Jade – Kickball Drive

Cesar – Nathaniel Witherell Service Project

Valerie – Toy Donation

Elle – Shiloh House Benefit Bake Sale

Skyler – Care and Share

Hetsia – Beautiful Faces

Teaching Projects

Dominic – Fishing Clinic

Willow – Kids On Top

Naeema – When Song Meets Dance

Dylan – Bye Bye Birdie

Bodhi – Classroom Artwork

Isabella – Inside the Child’s Mind

Bashwyn – Mentorship

Jose – A-Chord

Zahir – The Journey of Health

Environmental Projects

Krystal – The Hydration Project

Kai – Community Clean Up

Alayna – Walls & Stalls

Savian – Strawberry Fields

 

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