Taking Applications now for Variety AMP Camp!

Taking Applications now for Variety AMP Camp!


Applications are now available for Variety AMP Camp!

Each year AMP brings teens from all over Iowa to be a part of the magic that happens at Variety AMP Camp.  Last year we had ten mentors and forty-one youth spend six days at the Iowa 4H Camp in Madrid, IA.  Each mentor shared their life experience with the AMP Campers and formed a special bond which provided a life-long connection to teens that have lived in the child welfare “system”.   Campers also attended trainings that prepared them for leadership roles when they returned to their local AMP Councils. If your teen is not part of an AMP Council, this is a great opportunity to experience AMP and meet members of an existing council so they can be involved in AMP after camp!

This year Variety AMP Camp will be in a new location; Forest Lake Camp in Bloomington Iowa (approx. ten miles south of Ottumwa).  YSS Camp Staff will offer activities specifically designed with teenagers in mind such as: swimming, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, geo casting, tie dying shirts, art projects, archery, cooking plus various hikes and campfires.  AMP offers guest speakers that encourage self-awareness, forward thinking, character counts, telling their stories of hope through poetry and expressing their feelings through art!  IFAPA is offering training for youth & parents together on Saturday, June 24th at camp on transition planning and how to protect youth from the dangers of human trafficking (six foster parent licensing hours approved).  Variety AMP Camp changes youth and the adults that stand in awe of their resilience! 

Camp applications are now on the AMP website:  /en/happenings/variety_amp_camp/

Mentor applications (10 positions) are for young adults ages 18-22 who have already attended Variety AMP Camp as a camper, but are now interested in mentoring younger teens.  Mentor training begins June 20th at 10:00am.  Youth applications (40 spots) are for teens ages 15-18 who want to be part of the youth voice that advocates for change in Iowa’s Child Welfare System!  


Fill out your camp application today and plan to send your teen to Variety AMP Camp…the experience of a lifetime!


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