Our Vision

Sherwood Forest is a year-round youth development organization with its programs anchored in a month-long summer camp experience. Our belief that education and opportunity are rights fundamental to all children guides our mission: transforming the lives of children in need through powerful programs that allow them to discover their self-worth, realize their potential, and become productive citizens.

Sherwood Forest serves children from low-income families and underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois, 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 over the next 9 years. 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.