Impact of our Veteran Athletic and Leadership Camps
By Andrew Hutchinson, Director of Camps and Special Programs
Veteran Athletic and Leadership Camp (VAC) Intro and Definition:
The cornerstone of the Team Red, White & Blue mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans. We define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall wellbeing. One of the programs helping us achieve this is our Veteran Athletic and Leadership Camp (VAC) Program. The VACs present tremendous opportunities for veterans to learn a new activity that they can take home to their local chapter in a leadership capacity or as a highly active community member. They are led and coached by world-class athletes and renowned experts and are built to inspire veterans to commit to their own health and fitness. Camps are an investment in the member, the organization and the community. The goal is for every camp attendee to possess the tools and motivation to return home and make a positive impact in their local community.
Attendees of our camps are making a direct impact not only for Team RWB, but for local communities across the country. Although we offer a variety of activities in the camp program, these camps represent so much more than the sport that is being taught. We expect camp attendees to take action when they return back to their chapter. As part of the application process to get selected for camp, athletes must work with their local leadership to outline a 3-month plan of action upon returning to their community. This document is their plan for sharing what they have learned, for stepping up and taking action, and for being a leader in Team RWB and the community.
In order to monitor the success of the camp program, we have identified specific outputs and outcomes that we measure once an athlete leaves camp.
– Confidence in leading volunteers and leading in the community
– Feeling of connection to Team RWB and to the local community
– Feeling of empowerment regarding personal health and fitness
– Overall activity level
– Number of events and activities led in the chapter
– Number serving in a leadership position in Team RWB or at the community level
– Number participating in the camp sport/activity
The camp infograph provides a quick snapshot of the program to date and shows data on the outputs and the outcomes outlined above. It also shows camp attendance data since 2012. The program continues to grow each year as we add more camps and empower more leaders.