We envision a community where all youth discover and achieve their fullest potential.

That’s why we are dedicated to providing dynamic programs and immersive outdoor experiences that inspire and empower youth from under-resourced communities to discover their resilience, prepare for their future, and embrace their civic responsibility.

Sherwood Forest serves children from low-income households and underserved communities from the St. Louis area, who live at or below the federal poverty line. A child who begins our programs at the end of first grade has the opportunity to “grow up” with Sherwood Forest all the way through the completion of post-secondary education or training. We strive to establish and sustain long-term relationships with our campers, their families, and the agencies and schools that serve them.

By balancing traditional camp adventures with evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning, Sherwood Forest connects with, educates, and inspires the youth of St. Louis. And in doing so, we help kids discover the best in themselves so they can grow up to do good in the world.