8 Black Celebrities Who Host Summer Camps

Every summer, a number of Black celebrities donate their time and money to mentor children for summer camp. These summer camp spots fill up fast because they offer children the opportunity to learn from former child stars, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Here’s a list of some of the camps Black celebrities host. If you’d like your child to attend them in the future, I have two simple suggestions: sign up for the email list on each celebrities website AND apply early! Click each celebrity’s name for a link to the camp’s contact information.

Black Celebrities Who Host Summer Camps

Photo Credit: Kamp Kizzy

Keshia Knight-Pulliam: Kamp Kizzy

The actress is best known as Rudy from “The Cosby Show” hosts Kamp Kizzy during the summer and presents year-round events to mentor young women, ages 11-16.

For the 2016 camp, applicants had to complete and a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and 10 hours of community service.

Since she lives in the Atlanta area, I saw Keshia Knight-Pulliam with Kamp Kizzy Girls who attended a private advanced screening of Finding Dory in 2016.

Follow Kamp Kizzy on Facebook


Dwayne Wade Sr

Dwayne Wade Sr. – Camp Red thru ProPops Foundation

The father of NBA star Dwayne Wade hosts Camp RED (Real Education Delivered). Campers learn life skills in finances and creativity. Of course, basketball is a part of the camp and offers opportunities for disabled athletes to participate too.

Follow the ProPops Foundation on Facebook.

Founder Dwayne Wade Sr. says, “I am not here to be great, I am here to do great things that will have an impact on our nation.”

steve harvey camp

Steve Harvey – Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men

The annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men runs from June 14-17, 2018 in Atlanta.

“Not only will the Harvey Foundation pour into the lives of the young men, there will also be a Single Mother’s Empowerment Summit that the mother/guardian of the mentees will participate in during the camp.”

The young men experience educational, inspirational and team-building activities. Donations from major corporations and the public make the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp possible.

Follow the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation on Facebook


Mariah Carey Fresh Air Fund

Mariah Carey – Camp Mariah

The chart-topping and Grammy-winning singer partners with the Fresh Air Fund each year to mentor young girls in Upstate New York. The focus of the three and a half week camp is career skills. It’s designed for young women in New York City in 7th – 12th grades. “If accepted, students begin their commitment to the program by attending The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah in the summer and continue in the program year-round from September to June.”

Mariah Carey is a board member and generous supporter, so the camp bears her name.

Follow the Fresh Air Fund on Facebook

Usher UNL

Usher – New Look Camp

R&B star Usher’s New Look (UNL) is a techie and artistic kid’s dream. The two-week camp at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta allows campers to network with “music producers, fashion stylists, and other members of Usher’s entourage.” UNL has partnered with brands like Microsoft and Comcast.

Middle schoolers, high school students, and college students can participate in year-round mentorship programs.

In September 2016, Usher hopes to open the Spark Lab, an incubator and safe space for young minds. Tickets are on sale on the website for an upcoming  Atlanta event.

Follow the Usher New Look Foundation on Facebook

Jill Scott

Jill Scott – Camp Jill Scott

Neo-Soul Singer and actress Jill Scott is devoted to her hometown, Philadelphia. Her annual summer camp is free and provides a full day of outdoor activities for children in North Philadelphia.

Follow The Blues Babes Foundation on Facebook

Wendy Willams Hunter Foundation

Wendy Willams – Hunter Summer Camperships

Talk Show Host and Former DJ Wendy Williams is better known for her opinions on celebrity gossip, but you may not know about the foundation she started with her husband and son. The Hunter Foundation hosts fundraising events to provide scholarships for young women in New Jersey to attend summer camp.

Follow the Wendy Williams Show on Facebook

Tyra Banks Camp

Tyra Branks – TZone

Supermodel Tyra Banks provides a one-week empowerment camp for girls to on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As an awkward tall teenager, “the encouraging mentors and role models that surrounded Tyra guided her to overcome adversity by believing in herself, which led to her subsequent success.”  Tyra’s celebrity friends stop by to provide support too.


Black Celebrities Host Summer Camps

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  1. I love the idea of celebrities hosting summer camps to help our youth. America’s youth, and Black America especially are coming up in some of the worst times right now. They need all they help they can get.

  2. I went to summer camp as a kid, and it played a huge part in the development of my character. It’s wonderful these individuals are willing to give of themselves to make the lives of children better.

  3. This is great! I love when celebrities do so much to give back! Tyra Banks has always been a favorite of mine, especially with her body positive outlook.

  4. It is awesome to see people looking out for the younger generations like this. They’ll make a big difference in their lives!

  5. I always loved camp when I was a kid, so I love to see big name celebrities hosting summer camps for our youth. I am sure that the camp has a huge impact on their lives.

  6. Who knew?! I love it that celebrities use their resources to benefit kids especially. Great list.

  7. Celebrities with a great heart are the best! I like going to summer camp when I was younger because I learned a lot.

  8. It’s wonderful when celebrities host things that help others. Good for these folks mentioned. Everyone of these is awesome.

  9. I love to hear about celebs doing good for kids. So many great people on your list. Steve Harvey is my favorite.

  10. What an awesome way to spend part of your summer. There is no better investment of your time than in mentoring a young person. Kudos to these celebrities.

  11. It is such a nice thing when you see celebrities using their status and fame f or something like this. I remember summer camps when I was younger and I made great friendships and long lasting memories.

  12. This is a great list! I used to want to go to camp as a child but I never had the opportunity. I think these celebrities are awesome for giving kids opportunities like this.

  13. I had no idea some of these celebs had summer camps. Our son has never been to summer camp. He’d absolutely love a couple of these!