Rainbow Days’ Camp Bravo! Performing Arts Camp is a unique summer program for children residing in Dallas-area homeless and transitional living shelters. Children laugh and learn together about creative arts, theater, and music programs, taking a break from shelter life, to experience summer days as a “normal” kid.
Camp Bravo! gives approximately 300 children, ages 4-12, a performing arts camp experience designed to expose them to the arts as a means of expressing themselves and managing their emotions. Often times they have no access to the arts programs at school or at home. Children participate in different interactive classes throughout the week that are taught by trained professionals, including: prop design, dance, improvisation, photography, and more. Each child also attends a daily Rainbow Days’ Curriculum-Based Support Group® where small groups, facilitated by trained adults, discuss topics such as the importance of higher education, staying drug-free, and empowering each child to believe they have a purpose.
At the end of the week, participants perform on stage in front of a live audience, giving each child a chance to be a star. Camp Bravo! benefits children in the present, and well into adulthood by teaching them to recognize their emotions and different ways to express themselves. These are critical life skills that will help them grow into responsible, healthy adults.
Goals of Camp Bravo!
Rainbow Days’ overall goals for the children participating in Camp Bravo! are to:
- Give approximately 300 school-aged homeless children the opportunity to perform live on stage and recognize and take pride in finding value in expressing themselves
- Help strengthen children’s resiliency by exposing them to the visual and performing arts
Proven Results of Camp Bravo!
After participating in Camp Bravo! children report an increase in their:
- Sense of purpose and recognition of individual capabilities;
- Sense of hope;
- Value of the arts and ability to express themselves.