We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.
Belonging to a community inspires hope.
Recreational camp experiences can have a variety of positive outcomes, none more powerful than creating a sense of community. Community Camp Corporation (CCC) is dedicated to supporting peer-led groups develop camp communities by providing overall guidance, assistance with camp planning, and logistical support.
Managed by a dedicated board of "camp people" CCC currently operates Mountain Respite Camp (MRC) - a peer-led camp for individuals living with or affected by mental illness. MRC has been in operation since 2005 sending consumers, providers, family members, and friends to camp once or twice a year. If you belong to a group that you believe can benefit from camp, get ahold of us! You can learn more about the services we offer by clicking below.
Meet our Board
Raul was introduced to camp in 2010, as an employee of HOMES, Inc., he immediately fell in love with camp calling it “magical”. His compassion for people living with a disability has given him the spirit to work with vulnerable populations. Raul is honored to serve as a member of the Community Camp Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Additionally, Raul is the Supportive Housing Operations Manager at Jamboree Housing Corporation. Jamboree delivers permanent supportive housing to over 400 special needs residents throughout the state of California. Raul enjoys all aspects of the outdoors and dreams to be on an wilderness survival show.
Andrew serves as the Executive Director of Community Camp Corporation. He has been volunteering at recreational camps since he was first introduced to camp in 2008. Andrew led the initiative in 2016 to start the Community Camp Corporation as a registered nonprofit organization. He believes that camp changes lives, none more deserving than the populations that Community Camp Corporation serves.
Andrew graduated with a BA in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton and currently works as the Marketing Manager at Charitable Ventures. In his spare time, he enjoys discussing the latest movie, improving his lapidary skills, or coming up with a new business idea.
Anna has served on the Board of Directors of Community Camp since its founding in January 2017. Attending a YMCA camp since childhood, she loves the sense of belonging that camp communities create. Through volunteering with residential youth camps, she has served as a counselor, session director, and helped plan and execute various teen leadership programs. Her favorite aspect of camp is the ability to bring like-minded strangers together, surrounded by nature, and form an inclusive community. Her involvement with Mountain Respite Camp has introduced her to the mental health community and she eagerly awaits the annual session to continue building community as a mental health advocate.
In addition to her involvement with camp, she also is the Assistant Director of Admission at Scripps College, a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California where she completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She recently earned her Master of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. In her spare time, when she’s not working or volunteering with camp, she enjoys debating what to watch on Netflix, browsing antique stores, or getting her nails done with her grandmother.
Kwonta was first introduced to Respite Camp in 2017 as a volunteer. Although she has volunteered at other camps, Respite camp brought her joy due to her dedication in working with the mental health cliental. Her love for camp started when she first attended Camp Arbolado as a volunteer counselor in 2010. Since 2010, she has volunteered as a camp counselor and served on directing staff at Camp Arbalado and Camp Ronald McDonald. Her favorite aspect of camp is disconnecting for the technological world and making human connections. In addition to her involvement with camp, she is a Mental Health Therapist at a community agency.
Robert Crowder has been volunteering or employed in multiple capacities with YMCA Camp Arbolado since the winter of 2000. He was introduced to HOMES camp in 2005 by Shannon Peterson and has been active through all incarnations of this program. He is proud to now serve on the board of directors of Community Camp Corporation. In addition to volunteering at the YMCA he has also volunteered for multiple organizations including serving on boards for nonprofit youth sports organizations, nonprofit youth theatre organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America. Professionally Robert owns and manages his own computer consulting company and also is a proficient sports official in soccer, water polo, and lacrosse. Personally he loves the outdoors and staying physically fit. His greatest strength is sarcasm and his waistline’s greatest weakness are buffalo wings served with copious amounts of ranch dressing.