Helping America's most vulnerable®


Helping children in our community gain skills and build bridges that will last a lifetime.

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Camp HEROES gives children from economically disadvantaged households a chance to experience camping and enjoy fun, healthy outdoor activities such as rock-climbing, fishing, archery, and zip-lining. This unique camp is run by Rochester Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs who volunteer their time as camp counselors and leaders. Campers are given the invaluable opportunity to build relationships and learn life skills at a critical time for learning and molding perceptions.

Camp HEROES takes places at the Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush, 20 min south of Rochester. 2017 was the 3rd year that VOA held Camp HEROES with 44 children attending.

I've been working with children for 15 years, and Camp HEROES was the most rewarding experience I've ever been a part of.

Rob Stedman, VOA's Vice President of Children and Family Services and Camp Director