Camp Mariposa

A Place Where Kids Transform

Camp Mariposa is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member.

Children and teens attend transformational weekend camps every other month for a year or more.  Youth ages 9-17  participate in fun, traditional camp activities combined with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals. Teens are given an opportunity to continue their involvement and build leadership skills as Junior Counselors. Camp Mariposa builds knowledge, life skills, confidence and provides an opportunity for youth to connect with peers and caring adult mentors. Additional social and educational activities are offered for youth, alumni and their families throughout the year. All Camp Mariposa activities are provided free of charge.

Camp Mariposa allows youth to:

Youth who attend Camp Mariposa learn coping skills that build resiliency and ultimately break the cycle of addiction.

Social Support

95 %
of campers have made friends at
Camp Mariposa
94 %
of campers report that there are adults they trust at Camp Mariposa

Coping Skills

92 %
of campers can identify 2 ways to take care of themselves
92 %
of campers report that they learned things they can use at home

Positive Outlook

88 %
of campers believe they will graduate from high school
85 %
of campers believe they will accomplish their dreams

Camp Mariposa strives to intervene early and break the cycle of addiction.

Camp Mariposa helps Youth:

*CAMP MARIPOSA is FREE to all youth approved through the Intake process.  

Youth must be 9 – 17 years old by the weekends of attendance

In the event that Covid-19 prohibits in-person camps Virtual Programming will occur 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on the Saturday of following weekends, both youth and teens welcomed.

Youth Camp Dates – Ages 9 – 12

  • January 22-24, 2021
  • March 12-14, 2021
  • May 21-23, 2021
  • July 23-25, 2021
  • September 17-19, 2021
  • November 19-21, 2021

Teen Camp Dates – Ages 13 – 17

  • February 19-20, 2021
  • April 9-10, 2021
  • June 25-26, 2021
  • August 20-21, 2021
  • October 15-16, 2021
  • December 3-4, 2021
To enroll or receive more detailed information please contact:
 Jeanette Altman, Program Coordinator at (941) 780 – 5929 or jaltman@jfcs-cares.org