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, EMTs, and 911 Responders 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 took place August 20-23, 2018 for its 4th year. 2019 dates will be announced. In the meantime we are always looking for financial donations in addition to donations of the following items for the campers: 

  • travel size shampoos
  • travel size toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • baseball caps
  • sunscreen (spf 15 or higher). 

Please email if you would like to donate any of these items.

Photos from 2018!

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