What’s The Story Here?

There is so much coming from Camp Labs! We are constantly updating the web site, this web page, our social media, and more as we ramp up! Here is some context…

Our Purpose: Camp Labs’ mission is to make a life-changing impact on youth in communities across the country by helping Founders build new camp businesses. The core of Camp Labs’ operation is a business accelerator program for new camps, which will launch in 2020. Camp Labs will operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit, with the goal of putting one million kids into new camps.

Launch Weekend: Join us for our next Camp Labs Launch Weekend, in January 2020 at Camp Granite Lake outside Denver, where 12 participants will come together to launch a new camp program in a weekend. As a participant, there are opportunities to contribute knowledge and support the Founder. Camp Labs is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the Launch Weekend.

Accelerator Program: The accelerator is a seven-week all-inclusive residential experience that offers an immersive camp environment to support Founders as they do what it takes to launch, grow, and fund their for-profit, non-profit, or existing business’ youth-focused program. Founders receive a significant stipend for participating in the accelerator, as well.

The Camp Founder Experience: 
Founders (participants in the Camp Labs accelerator) will learn and work together to overcome the challenges of starting and growing a camp operation. They will gain a detailed understanding of managing a youth-focused business, and aggressively work on their startup throughout the accelerator program. With the support of mentors in business, finance, and youth development and each other, they will graduate from the accelerator ready for success. 

Camp Labs will seek Founders from diverse communities. They can be individuals with just an idea or part of an organization that is looking to develop new programs. The accelerator will help develop tech-free day camps, resident camps, special needs camps, family camps, and more.

Throughout the accelerator experience and for years after, Founders have access to a comprehensive list of perks and discounts to support their growing business. At the end of the accelerator, Founders will have a chance to connect with potential donors and investors for their business through a formal Pitch Day competition, with up to $50,000 in funding contributed by Camp Labs.

About the Camp Labs Team:

Managing Director: Tommy Feldman is an entrepreneur with experience as a professional in the camp industry, as well as with startups, technology, and non-profits. He has been working towards the launch of Camp Labs for many years. Tommy is also the founder of Camp Granite Lake, which has operated day and resident camps in the Boulder and Denver, Colorado area since 2005. tommy@camplabs.org

Program Manager: Abbie Carlson is a camp enthusiast, with eight years as a camp professional, working jobs on the front lines and in administrative roles. Abbie became part of the Camp Granite Lake team in 2017, and has since transitioned into a full-time position with Camp Labs. abbie@camplabs.org


Camp Launch Weekend

Not a conference.

More than a workshop.

Launch something all new with us.

12 participant limit.