Summer Camp

Having a Ball

CampEvery summer, outstanding young people from across the country arrive in Aberdeen, Maryland, for a magical week that creates a lifetime of memories.

The capstone of the Badges for Baseball program, Ripken Summer Camps are all-expense paid, weeklong getaways where kids interact with their peers from around the country and learn valuable life lessons from trained coaches.

Through the generosity of our donors, program partners send deserving participants of our year-round youth development programs to camp as an incentive. Because many of the at-risk youth in our programs have never left their hometowns, their camp experience with us is truly transformational because it’s not just about baseball.

Enriching team building activities include swimming, rock climbing, ziplining, and more. Participants also play baseball in a state-of-the-art Ripken Academy ballpark. Thanks to partner support, each campers receives brand-new gear when they arrive at camp:

  • Backpack
  • Baseball hat or visorBill and kid
  • Baseball glove
  • Uniform shirts and athletic shorts
  • Baseball pants, socks, and belt

Most importantly, Ripken campers learn important fundamental lessons like teamwork, personal responsibility, and communication that they can use both on and off the field.

Behind the Badge

As part of our work to establish trust between at-risk youth and law enforcement, mentors—including the United States Marshals and the Maryland State Police—give campers an exclusive look at their jobs. Past presentations have included K9 units, equipment and vehicle show-and-tell, and landing a Blackhawk helicopter.

Sponsor a Camper

Please select "Help Send a Kid to Camp" under Giving Options in the donation form below to create a life-changing experience for a deserving child. Information on how your donation will be used to support our campers can be found in the "Donation Information" section.

You can also support the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s new Facebook fundraising initiatives by creating your own fundraiser on our behalf at jumping over cones, baseball field

“My proudest moment of #CRSF camp was making friends and being part of a team.”
– 2019 camp participant




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The Ripken Foundation appreciates its partnership with BGE and is proud to be selected as their Cause Initiative in 2019. Together, BGE and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation have helped at-risk youth throughout Maryland by providing character education programming and positive adult law enforcement mentors through our Badges for Baseball program. We also built the Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park in West Baltimore to provide a clean and safe place for kids to play and learn. And in 2019 BGE will support the next Ripken multi-purpose field project in the Cherry Hill community in Baltimore. If you learned about us through BGE, please select BGE Cause Initiative listed under the Giving Options drop-down menu. 

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Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the life of a well-deserved child. Please use the guidelines below to assist you in your donation. 

$1,000 – Provides a complete, weeklong Ripken Summer Camp experience in Aberdeen, MD.
$500 – Covers all necessary transportation and overnight camp facility costs for one youth.
$250 – Provides necessary camp apparel and equipment for one youth.
$100 – Helps to provide snacks and meals for the week.
We thank you for your support of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. You will receive an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible donation by mail. Please call (410) 823-0043 if you have any questions or concerns.

By making a tax-deductible donation today, you are connecting kids in distressed communities to great life coaches and giving them the opportunity to learn life’s critical lessons while having fun on the fields and off the streets. Most importantly, you’re letting a child know that someone cares. On behalf of the kids we serve, thank you.

If you are interested in making a gift of stock or in planned giving options, please contact the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Executive Vice President, Resource Development & Marketing, Carrie LeBow, at 443-841-7032 or