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Sending Kids to Christian Camps Across the World.

With your help.

  • Malawi

  • Ghana

  • Philippines

  • South Africa

  • Kenya

Donor Initiatives

Please consider supporting our "Sponsor a Camper" or our "10 for Ten" Initiatives
Sponsor a Camper

In 2016, we are launching a relationship-building initiative. From now through July, you can sponsor an individual youth in need to attend camp this summer in Malawi or Ghana.


A $100 donation will pay the travel expenses and full tuition for a 1-2 week camp. Donors will receive a photo of and letter from the young person who was selected to receive this life-changing gift.


10 For Ten

What can $10 do?
It pays for a day of camp in a developing country. Please consider donating $10 - or $10 each month. Together, we can send so many kids to camps in their countries.









About JWF

Mission Statement:
Impacting the lives of young people through Christian camp scholarships.


Vision Statement:
To support camps around the world that take young people out of their daily routines and into a loving environment where they are encouraged to develop and nurture a life-long, transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

About

The Jon Whitney Foundation (JWF) is an organization with a very simple and well-defined mission. We raise funds to provide scholarships for youth who need financial assistance to participate in well-run, safe, Christ-centered camps. We also give Missionary Youth Leader Grants to support young adult leaders (ages 16-25) who intend to serve youth at one of these camps or on a mission trip.

At the camps we support, kids are taught the good news about Jesus and experience the reality of his love and acceptance through interaction with passionate, volunteer Christian camp staff. They learn to live loved and to make a positive impact in the lives of others.


“Independent private camps have exceptional opportunities to cultivate faith, integrity, and learning in their campers through a program touching every aspect of their lives. It is our duty to make the most of these opportunities.” From Marshall, Jessie. “Helping Children Become Better Citizens Through Summer Camps.” The Educational Register. May, 2003.

The Foundation was established in May 2001 because of a prayer offered up by Jon Whitney. Early one morning, camp staff at Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) in Orr, Minnesota gathered to pray by the lake. Jon, a 19-year-old camp worker, simply prayed for God to use him to touch the lives of the campers. Jon had struggled with respiratory difficulties his entire life. That same day Jon experienced respiratory failure and passed away. The story of his prayer inspired a small group of adults to form the foundation in loving memory of Jon. His prayer continues to be answered with each child that receives a scholarship to attend camp and each Missionary Youth Leader that serves these campers.

During the early years of JWF, most scholarships went to youth in the United States who needed help to attend Christian summer camps. As these camps developed, financial assistance from local sources increased. While U.S. camps were growing more independent, international camps began to request support. They are grateful for JWF funding as they seek to impact the youth of their countries through the life-changing experience of camp ministry.

JWF maintains a baseline income for operation costs and utilizes all other funds for camp scholarships. It is JWF’s desire to award an increasing number of scholarships each year.


JWF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation. Contributions to JWF are tax deductible (where applicable), and donors will receive a receipt for their contributions. Donors also receive a monthly update on the work of the foundation, which will highlight the camps, campers, and missionary youth leaders around the world who receive funding.


In 2015, donor generosity enabled us to increase our grant funding and to maintain expenses at less than 8 percent of income (including international wiring fees).


The camps that we support are directed and staffed entirely by volunteers.

JWF Timeline
2016AprilNew Initiative Launched

"Sponsor a Camper" Initiative begins.

2014JanuaryNew Campaign Launched

JWF launched the $10 for Ten campaign to enable more people to bless more kids with the gift of camp.

2013DecemberYear End Recap

JWF gave $14,000 sent to 632 campers to Christian camps in 10 countries.

2012JanuaryYouth Missionary Leader Grants start

The JWF board decided to give the Youth Missionary Leader Grants to young adults to serve youth on staff at a camp or on a mission trip. That summer, two recipients received grants to travel to Jamaica and India to share God's life and love with His kids.

2010JuneCamp for Haitian Refugee Children

JWF supported 120 Haitian refugee children to attend a 10-day camp in Nassau, Bahamas.

2009JulyCamp Connections

Youth in need received JWF assistance to attend Camp Connections in Quebec, Canada.

2008DecemberNew Zambia camp

JWF helped campers participate in a new Christian youth camp in Zambia.

2007DecemberYear End Recap

JWF gave $22,400 in scholarships to send 2300 kids to Christian camps.

2006DecemberYEP Camp in Ghana

67 teenagers from Nigeria, Togo, and Ghana participated in the Youth Educational Program (YEP) camp in Kutunse, Ghana.

2001DecemberFoundation begins

The Foundation was created by family friends as a legacy to Jon Whitney who prayed the day he died that God would use him to impact the lives of campers.

Impact

JWF exists to send kids to camps and to support young adult missionary leaders in sharing the life and love of Jesus with kids. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in the past 10 years, JWF has given more than $150,000 to help send 8,150 kids to Christ-centered camps where they experience and learn about God's unconditional love for them.
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Youth Supported in 10 Countries
Here are the 10 countries in which JWF sponsored youth in 2015, and how many campers received scholarships, thanks to the generosity of JWF's donors.
10 Countries Represented
Philippines

3 Camps held in May
for 240 youth
60 campers received JWF scholarships.

Madagascar

Children's Camp
August 13-16
Youth Camp
August 31-September 6.

Mexico

December 28 - January 1
Campamiento
25 campers received JWF scholarships.

Kenya

December 14-21
National Youth Camp
December 18-19
Kakuma UN Refugee Camp

Zimbabwe

December 13-18
40 campers received JWF half scholarships.

South Africa

December 12-22
20 campers received JWF scholarships.

Ghana

YEP
December 19 - January 2
37 campers received JWF half scholarships.

Malawi

Mzuzu Youth Camp
December 27 - January 2
40 campers received JWF scholarships.

Bahamas

July 21-29
10 campers recieved
one-third scholarships.

United States

8 young adults received Youth Missionary Leader Grants to serve in Colombia and Mexico.

Voices
  • My favorite moment is when we went to the beach because it was the first time for me. Wonderful was the camp because it helps to draw us close to God and invite us to be dynamic in His service.

    Miranda (16) Madagascar
  • Camp is a very good experience...if you come, your life will never be the same.

    Claudia (11) Ghana
  • During camp we had training sessions...With these actions we expect to help train new leaders to support and create projects in their local congregations, national activities, and take care of the organizations of future camps.

    Samuel Mercado Mexico National Director
  • Children are special to me...The focus of my life is to show people Jesus' powerful love wherever I may be.

    Grace USA, Missionary Youth Leader Grant recipient
  • At Mindanao SEP, there was a reflective and personal "Encounter Night" in candle light. In the midst of challenges that they face, and in their quest for inspiration to move on, the campers drew assurance, healing, power, and encouragement for living, knowing that Jesus, our Super Hero, is with us and for us. Thanks to our sponsor the Jon Whitney Foundation...who prayed with us and gave time and resources for the Kids.

    Jerome Manriquez Philippines
  • I really enjoyed the camp because I have learned so many things within one week. I have learned how to live by the faith of Christ.

    Precious (13) Malawi
Media Gallery
Photos from where JWF sponsored campers in 2015.
  • Ghana

  • Ghana

  • Ghana

  • Kenya

  • Madagascar

  • Malawi

  • Philippines

  • Philippines

  • South Africa

  • U.S. Missionary Youth Leader in Mexico

  • U.S. Missionary Youth Leader in Mexico

  • U.S. Missionary Youth Leader in Colombia

  • U.S. Missionary Youth Leader in Colombia

  • Bahamas

  • Mexico

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any other questions that you have on your mind? This is the place to look for the answers.

US Missionary Leader Mexico


The Foundation was established in May 2001 because of a prayer offered up by Jon Whitney. Early one morning, camp staff at Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) in Orr, Minnesota gathered to pray by the lake. Jon, a 19-year-old camp worker, simply prayed for God to use him to touch the lives of the campers. Jon had struggled with respiratory difficulties his entire life. That same day Jon experienced respiratory failure and passed away. The story of his prayer inspired a small group of adults to form the foundation in loving memory of Jon. His prayer continues to be answered with each child that receives a scholarship to attend camp and each Missionary Youth Leader that serves these campers.

Jon Whitney Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization. It is run by a board of directors. The executive director sends and receives scholarship and grant applications. The board, however, makes the final approval on funding decisions and the annual budget. The board communicates regularly throughout the year and gathers for an annual review and planning meeting in January each year.


The 2016 board of directors consists of 8 mission-minded adults living in 4 different states who are passionate about and experienced in Christian camp ministry to youth.

$10 can, indeed, make a difference—not only for the recipient of a scholarship to camp, but also for the giver. It is more blessed to give than to receive. It’s hard to explain, but when you begin to live generously, you know it’s true.


We hope that a lot of people will give a little. We hope that those who’ve been to summer camp, maybe many times, will understand that they can be part of something really big that God is doing across the globe—transforming young people’s lives in a short time. That’s what experiencing God’s love and joy can do.

Tell - Encourage others to support $10 for Ten. Together, let’s see how many kids we can send to camp in 2016.


Share - Post positive Christian camp memories on our Facebook page.


Pray - Ask God to help us all see better what he is doing in the lives of young people through camp ministry. Pray for the campers, camp directors, and staff “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18).


Honor - If you’d like to give the gift of camp in honor of a loved one, let us know the details and we’ll mail them a beautiful and inspiring card on your behalf.


Young adults, ages 16-25, who know which Christian camp or mission trip they intend to participate in, should complete and submit the application below.
JWF’s financial assistance must be given to youth who need help to pay camp tuition. Download the application package linked below. Once the forms are completed and sent to us, the board will consider the funding request for approval.

Individuals can contact us to request a scholarship application to attend a Christian camp.


We can also send you information about safe, fun, Christ-centered camps that we recommend in the United States, Canada, or several other countries.

Contact

Use the links below to download a camp scholarship application packet or Missionary Youth Leader Grant application. Use the form below to contact us with any questions or comments.
Applications
Camp Grant
Youth Leader Grant

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JWF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation. Contributions to JWF are tax deductible (where applicable), and donors will receive a receipt for their contributions.
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Mail a check to:
Jon Whitney Foundation
294 Loblolly Court
Marietta, GA 30064

Give the gift of camp. Support JWF today.


Thank you for your support. Your donation will make an eternal difference.

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