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Bridgeport, CT, 06605
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Simply Smiles provides bright futures for children, families, and communities. The organization partners with populations in need to create physical and emotional environments where suffering is alleviated and from which local leaders can emerge.

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Reservation Summer Camp

simply smiles summer camp

On the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, children need an oasis - a place where kids can just be kids. A place that is safe. A place that inspires. A place where smiles are created. A place where dreams can begin and be nurtured. A starting point on the path to a bright future.

simply smiles summer camp is that place.

  Archery at Summer Camp!

Archery at Summer Camp!

16 weeks of camp every summer!

  Music Lessons!  Guitar, piano, and voice lessons taught by professional musicians!

Music Lessons! Guitar, piano, and voice lessons taught by professional musicians!

  Lakota teens are junior counselors!  At Simply Smiles Summer Camp teens help the staff, mentor younger campers & learn valuable leadership and career skills.

Lakota teens are junior counselors! At Simply Smiles Summer Camp teens help the staff, mentor younger campers & learn valuable leadership and career skills.

  Basketball!  The go-to pastime for youth on the Reservation.

Basketball! The go-to pastime for youth on the Reservation.

  Swimming!  In the Missouri river.

Swimming! In the Missouri river.

  Healthful Meals:  Campers get a nutritious meals to fuel them through their action-packed day!

Healthful Meals: Campers get a nutritious meals to fuel them through their action-packed day!

Hundreds of activities & special programs keep camp new, exciting, and challenging

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a place where tomorrow's leaders learn, emerge & grow

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  Arts & Crafts:  Inspiring creativity!

Arts & Crafts: Inspiring creativity!

  Friendly, confidence building, competitions!

Friendly, confidence building, competitions!

  Book Club & reading time  is fun and educational!

Book Club & reading time is fun and educational!

  Gardening Classes  in our farm & greenhouse where children learn about food sources and healthy lifestyles.

Gardening Classes in our farm & greenhouse where children learn about food sources and healthy lifestyles.

Campers range in age from 4-17 and are bussed in from 4 surrounding towns

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  Visiting Native exemplars  teach and inspire.

Visiting Native exemplars teach and inspire.

  Cultural Engagement & Education  helps build Lakota knowledge and pride!

Cultural Engagement & Education helps build Lakota knowledge and pride!

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  Tiny Tots:  The youngest of campers enjoy special attention and activities.

Tiny Tots: The youngest of campers enjoy special attention and activities.

  Camp is educational:  A focus on S.T.E.M. activities helps to identify areas of interest, as well as bridge learning during summer vacation.

Camp is educational: A focus on S.T.E.M. activities helps to identify areas of interest, as well as bridge learning during summer vacation.

  Horseback riding  with local partner Project H3LP!

Horseback riding with local partner Project H3LP!

  Partnering with exemplars:  Campers learn from Native staff and visitors.

Partnering with exemplars: Campers learn from Native staff and visitors.

Camp is an inspiring, fun & safe place to be!

  Crafts & Projects  teach new skills and help to inspire  “what I want to be”  dreams.

Crafts & Projects teach new skills and help to inspire “what I want to be” dreams.

  Field Trips  to locations on and off the Reservation help broaden horizons and teach life-skills.

Field Trips to locations on and off the Reservation help broaden horizons and teach life-skills.

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  Cooking & Healthy Living.  Campers learn how to cook healthful meals by helping provide lunch and snacks for their fellow summer campers.

Cooking & Healthy Living. Campers learn how to cook healthful meals by helping provide lunch and snacks for their fellow summer campers.

Forming life-long memories and friendships with our volunteers

Simply Smiles host 300+ volunteers per summer on the Reservation. Volunteers serve as visiting camp counselors and develop and implement hundreds of amazing camp activities.

Our campers eagerly await each week’s busload of new and returning camp buddies!

Volunteers are ambassadors from a wider world. They provide inspiration and confidence for our campers, helping them down the path to the brightest of futures.

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See highlights from the 2018 Simply Smiles Summer Camp season on the Reservation: