T.E.A.M. Camp originated in 1996 with a concept borrowed from YES Camp in Pasadena, California. The Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, Bob Liming, presented his vision for T.E.A.M. Camp to a group of individuals from various regional agencies, and T.E.A.M. Camp was created.
T.E.A.M. Camp is a weeklong camp for twenty youth, ten boys and ten girls. The participants spend a week in the “shoes” of the people who they are most likely to come into contact with if they continue heading down the wrong path. The mission of T.E.A.M. Camp is developing the underlying theme which consists of team building and team work. The focus is building long lasting relationships with participants while creating an environment that facilitates the achievement of Youth Development Outcomes.
Selection of Youth
Youth selection is based on recommendations from participating agencies, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, School Resource Officers, and Nez Perce County Court Services. Selection criteria included choosing youth who are on the verge of an at-risk lifestyle.
Outcomes, Expectations and Goals for T.E.A.M. Camp Participants
Outcomes are defined as the benefits participants receive during or after involvement with T.E.A.M. Camp. The following are T.E.A.M. Camp Youth Development Outcomes:
- Positive Self-Identity– Youth set and attain goals. They have a positive view of their future by confidently making the necessary decisions to achieve their life plans. Self-sufficiency and the ability to support themselves along with others is a result of this outcome.
- Health and Well-being– Youth adopt a healthy diet. They practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
- Positive Values– Youth develop and demonstrate strong character. They are guided by positive values including honesty, integrity, caring and fairness.
- Commitment to Learning– Youth value education and lifelong learning. Their commitment becomes an integral part of their future plans.
- Social Competency– Youth have positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers in addition to appreciating cultural diversity.
- Community and Civic Involvement– Youth are engaged citizens of their community and the world.
- Moral Compass– Youth have values enabling them to develop positive relationships with others. These values include honesty, a sense of justice and fairness, respect, caring and spirituality.
Helping T.E.A.M. Camp participants achieve these long-term outcomes is an important part of each agencies presentation and on site staffs goals for the week. Regardless of the program or activity being offered, the number one goal of staff should be to provide guidance and to assist youth in meeting these outcomes.
T.E.A.M. Camp participants will engage in hands on activities with the following agencies: Idaho National Guard, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Lewiston Police Department, Lewiston Fire Department, Nez Perce County Court Services, F.B.I., Nez Perce County Sheriffs Department, IdahoState Police, North Central District Health Department, IdahoDepartment of Corrections and many more agencies. T.E.A.M. Camp participants will also be certified in CPR upon completion of T.E.A.M. Camp. Other activities include a challenge course and awards ceremony.