The Rapid Response Camp Network - Community Resilience TRaining Program

The Rapid Response Camp Network (RRCN), a project of Project:Camp, provides much needed, critical support for children and families impacted by disaster. The RRCN harnesses the transformative, healing, therapeutic power of camp to foster community resiliency. We use camp as a vehicle to strengthen communities and mitigate trauma by setting up volunteer-based day camps in response to disasters. 

Specifically, RRCN provides:

  1. Parents with quality, trauma-informed childcare while they work to help their families recover from disaster (i.e. navigating government services, debris removal, etc).

  2. Children with a place to play and “just be kids” that is also safe, nurturing, and healing.

  3. Communities impacted by disaster with opportunities to leverage their collective resources and strengthen their resilience. 

  4. Local and state emergency services departments a complement to their own response systems that addresses the specific needs of children affected by disaster.

This model has been tried and tested in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Santa Rosa, California after the Tubbs Fire, and Thousand Oaks, California in response to the Woolsey Fire. Now, through a Community Resilience Training Program, Project:Camp will be able to bring this model to scale, by preparing and equipping communities with the tools they need to set up day camps within 48 hours after a disaster. 

The Community Resilience Training Program will:

  1. Provide a toolkit and training program for camp professionals and community leaders to be able to launch a day camp within 48 hours after a disaster.

  2. Train a rapid response network of volunteers to be staff-ready for camps in their communities.

  3. Recruit and on-board trauma therapists to provide supportive mental health services.

  4. Provide ongoing operational support to camp leadership and volunteers.

  5. Create partnerships with businesses, organizations, and institutions to pledge material and programmatic resources for camp operations and activities.

  6. Work with local governments to train their emergency response staff, create a cross-referral system, and integrate RRCN’s operations with existing municipal emergency management services in the City of Los Angeles.

Our Community Partners:

We have already begun working with the following organizations to prepare communities to deploy their own camps in the Los Angeles are:

  • Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

  • Los Angeles Police Department

  • Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  • Los Angeles Human Relations Commission

  • LA Voice

  • Jewish Federation of Los Angeles