The time has come again for our first #CRSFCamp of the summer! We had 145 campers and their mentors come in from all over the country: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. A huge thank you goes to Southwest Airlines for helping us fly in many of our campers. By plane and by bus, they arrived on Sunday and today is the first full day of camp activities, which include baseball, leadership and teamwork...Read Full Post
As we get ready for #CRSFcamp and dig our sandals out of the backs of our closets, summer also means that our team gets a little bigger temporarily with the addition of future life coaches interning with us this summer. Meet our awesome summer interns and learn more about them in their own words!
My name is Amanda Borucki and I am a programming intern for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. I am a graduate of Gettysburg...Read Full Post
On June 1 through 15, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is participating in the Charity Champions League, a giving competition where we can win up to $250,000, but we need your help!
Charity Champions League requires no donations. Instead, people can earn points for...Read Full Post
As we head into what is for many of us is a long weekend and the start of summer, let us remember the men and women who died in service to this country. Let us remember their families. And let us carry that with us this weekend. There are many ways to do that on Memorial Day or throughout the year. If you have a personal connection to Memorial Day, you can share stories of your loved ones who served and remember the...Read Full Post
April showers bring May flowers! Or so we thought here in Baltimore. We’re doing a bit of spring cleaning and annual check-ins here at the Foundation to prepare for summer programming. This includes annual background screenings, training, and recertification in first aid, AED, and CPR!
With the sun staying out longer, schools coming to a close, and summer right around the corner, it’s time to hit the refresh button and reenergize current and new staff/...Read Full Post
Here are a few of the amazing mentors and program partners we work with, sharing what they learned from their moms, how she led by example, and how she has impacted their work with kids…
"My mother was a concert pianist and also founded and ran a chamber music nonprofit with my father, which they started the year I was born. What I learned from my mother is that somehow it is possible to have an inspiring and demanding career, AND be unequivocally loving and available to your children. She was the original exemplar of work/life...Read Full Post
As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons. Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office. Why not harness that?
As partners in youth...Read Full Post
They are devoted to your mission.
They are understanding, kind, and compassionate.
They help improve the lives of others.
They are driven and inspired to serve.
They are volunteers.
National Volunteer Week is April 10-16, 2016. This week,...Read Full Post
The game “Cross the River” is the ultimate team work game and a great game that can be played indoors. This game takes every individual working confidently and efficiently by using great communication to succeed. For every teammate to “cross the river” the team must be patient and work together. This game will help develop communication skills, critical thinking and most of all, teamwork. This is a great game to play inside when it’s a rainy day and you are unable to be outside.
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Okay, now that you’ve recruited your volunteers, they’ve gone through all the screening, and you’ve scheduled them in…
Be clear on guidelines or protocol. Are there certain values or rules that guide interaction with youth in your program? This might be an organizational policy like not allowing one adult and one child to be alone together. Or it might be something like...Read Full Post