Camp Titan Creates Lifelong Memories for Disadvantaged Youngsters
Disadvantaged youngsters from ages 7 to 14 from schools and shelters across Orange County have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors every summer thanks to Camp Titan, the Cal State Fullerton philanthropic program funded through student fees, donations and campus fundraisers.
About 150 kids take part in the nonprofit program founded by students in 1969 and sponsored by Associated Students, Inc. The youngsters spend one week in June at Camp Oaks near Big Bear Lake.
"Many of these kids have never been to camp or can't afford to go, so we give them a change to get out of their urban environment," say Alex Chung, Camp Titan's co-director of camper management. "They come back with a better appreciation for nature because they can learn about the environment and how to take care of it."
As a boy, Chung's parents sent him to summer camp. So now, he wants to give those less fortunate the opportunity to gain the many positive experiences, he had as a child.
"One of the biggest benefits is taking home the memories, which last a lifetime," says Chung, a radio-TV-film major.
There are no televisions or computers. Instead nature awaits. Campers participate in activities such as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, archery and arts and crafts.