Camp Mariposa: Free Camp for Philadelphia Youth

Camp Mariposa is a free weekend resource for children ages 9-12 in Philadelphia who have been affected by substance abuse in their lifetime. This camp has a team of Camp Counselors who are all trained to work with youth from all trauma backgrounds at a 3-to-1 ratio. The Camp provides fun activities, resources, support groups, and maintains relationships with the children throughout the year to offer support to families.

At camp, youth participate in fun traditional camp activities such as swimming and rock climbing combined with education and support exercises on problem-solving, self-care, and ways to cope.

Activities are led by trained professionals and adult volunteers.

Camp Mariposa gives children a chance to laugh, play, explore, learn while bonding with other kids and trained adult mentors.

Helping Youth

• Reduce feelings of isolation and guilt
• Connect with friends facing similar situations
• Learn critical life skills to help manage feelings and practice
• Build confidence

COVID-19 Response

In light of COVID-19, Camp Mariposa Philadelphia is offering virtual programming and in-person day camps for campers. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the program follows local and CDC guidelines for in-person programming.

To register a child, become a mentor or learn more about the program, please contact: Maura Hanlon at (267) 679-6158 or email at

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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