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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.

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Cultural Engagement & Education  helps build Lakota knowledge and pride, including hoop dancing with Starr Chief Eagle!

Cultural Engagement & Education helps build Lakota knowledge and pride, including hoop dancing with Starr Chief Eagle!

15 weeks of 100% free camp every summer!

Basketball Tournament:  112 youth from throughout the Reservation participated in our 2019 tournament!

Basketball Tournament: 112 youth from throughout the Reservation participated in our 2019 tournament!

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.

Intentioned  arts programming  allows the kids to express themselves creatively

Intentioned arts programming allows the kids to express themselves creatively

Special field trips, including  paddle-boarding  on the Missouri River!

Special field trips, including paddle-boarding on the Missouri River!

Archery  practice!

Archery practice!

Kindness is a core tenet of the Simply Smiles Summer Camp !

Kindness is a core tenet of the Simply Smiles Summer Camp !

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 & challenging

All smiles at Simply Smiles Summer Camp!

All smiles at Simply Smiles Summer Camp!

Music  time that inspires creativity and self-expression!

Music time that inspires creativity and self-expression!

Making new friends during a  swimming trip to the Missouri River!

Making new friends during a swimming trip to the Missouri River!

Arts programming  that inspires creativity, teaches new skills, and explores self-expression!

Arts programming that inspires creativity, teaches new skills, and explores self-expression!

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

Kids learn to express themselves through different media at our  Arts Program  at Simply Smiles Summer Camp.

Kids learn to express themselves through different media at our Arts Program at Simply Smiles Summer Camp.

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

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.

Visiting Native exemplars , including artist Mike Marshall, teach and inspire the next generation of leaders and creators!

Visiting Native exemplars, including artist Mike Marshall, teach and inspire the next generation of leaders and creators!

All fun and games at Simply Smiles Summer Camp programming!

All fun and games at Simply Smiles Summer Camp programming!

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

Our  teen programming  offers young adults opportunities to explore after graduation, including participation in Job Corps.

Our teen programming offers young adults opportunities to explore after graduation, including participation in Job Corps.

Teens have an opportunity to participate in special projects and initiatives , including construction of the   Children’s Village  , and learn new work and life skills.

Teens have an opportunity to participate in special projects and initiatives, including construction of the Children’s Village, and learn new work and life skills.

Field Trips  to help broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a camping trip to Montana!

Field Trips to help broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a camping trip to Montana!

Volunteers lend their time and talents to provide excellent programming for the kids,  including Sacred Heart University’s Division I Men’s Basketball team who lead a basketball clinic!

Volunteers lend their time and talents to provide excellent programming for the kids, including Sacred Heart University’s Division I Men’s Basketball team who lead a basketball clinic!

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

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

Anything is possible at Simply Smiles Summer Camp,  including becoming beloved superheroes like Spider-Man!

Anything is possible at Simply Smiles Summer Camp, including becoming beloved superheroes like Spider-Man!

Foraging & hiking trips  through the prairie!

Foraging & hiking trips through the prairie!

Horseback riding  with local partner Project H3LP!

Horseback riding with local partner Project H3LP!

Wellness activities and workshops  allow youth to explore healthy outlets and understand options that are available to them to maintain  physical, emotional and mental wellness !

Wellness activities and workshops allow youth to explore healthy outlets and understand options that are available to them to maintain physical, emotional and mental wellness!

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.

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

Field Trips  help to broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a trip to the Haskell Indian Nations University.

Field Trips help to broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a trip to the Haskell Indian Nations University.

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.

Special Summer Programs  help broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a week-long leadership program at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut!

Special Summer Programs help broaden horizons and teach life-skills, including a week-long leadership program at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut!

Teambuilding  and having fun at Simply Smiles Summer Camp with our volunteers!

Teambuilding and having fun at Simply Smiles Summer Camp with our volunteers!

Book Club & reading time  is fun and educational!

Book Club & reading time is fun and educational!

forming life-long memories & friendships with our volunteers

Simply Smiles host 300+ volunteers per summer on the Reservation. Volunteers 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.


Read a reflection from Simply Smiles Camp Director Marina Sachs about our 2019 youth programming season:


see highlights from simply smiles youth programming on the reservation: