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Little BRO Summer Camp Returns to Bed-Stuy on July 8

The free six-week program centers on personal development, literacy, communication and fun science-based activities.

The B.R.O. Experience Foundation announced the return of Little BRO Summer Camp on Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 16.

Now in its third year, the day camp specializes in activities aimed at young boys of color in third, fourth and fifth grades and is located at P.S. 40 George W. Carver in Bedford Stuyvesant, according to a news release. 

"Our program is rooted in the belief that every young boy deserves access to resources that support their holistic development," said Barry Cooper, founder of the B.R.O. Experience Foundation. "We're dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders by providing them with the tools and support they need to thrive."

Little BRO aims to assist young boys of color who are at the most vulnerable with a dynamic curriculum. With only 7% of children living at or below the poverty line having access to summer camps, Little BRO helps to foster social-emotional and cognitive growth through a blend of enriching activities and mentorship opportunities.

The camp integrates character development through reading series such as "Black Boy Joy" and workshops spotlighting Black historical figures, underscoring the importance of cultural identity and representation. Field trips to cultural and natural destinations, mindfulness practices, group art sessions and nutritious meals further enrich the camp experience. 

In addition to the summer program, Little BRO Saturdays provide ongoing support and engagement for participants throughout the school year, ensuring continuity and community building beyond the camp's duration.

“Both our summer camp and Saturday programs prioritize social-emotional development through interactive activities and group discussions, helping boys build empathy, cooperation, and problem-solving skills, laying a foundation for healthy relationships and positive self-esteem,” said Trent Orange, director of Little BRO Summer Camp.

The B.R.O. Experience is currently running a donor drive to support the camp this summer. More details can be found here.