The BEAM (Black Emerging Adolescent Males) Summer Success Camp is an “Outdoor Learning Model” for African American boys, ages 8-12, that nurtures excellence and provides opportunities for adolescent males to move collectively, study culturally, learn cognitively, explore community, and have fun. The boys gain resiliency, develop life-long learning skills, practice teamwork and become more confident in their day to day transitions.


  • Internal referrals only

  • Referrals for the BEAM Summer Success Camp are made by SSDI program staff

  • Interested program participants should contact their program manager


  • Must be currently enrolled or have been enrolled in a Small Seeds program previously

  • Preference will be given to participants enrolled in Small Seeds programming within the 6 months prior to the start of camp

  • African American boys between the ages of 8 and 12 years old

  • Reside in Allegheny County


Children who do not attend summer camp miss out on the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills and build critical thinking and problem solving skills. A child’s inability to gain resiliency and life skills, positive self-esteem, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors puts them at risk. Children who are offered a structured opportunity in a nurturing environment are able to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends, all the while learning new skills.

"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

"The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all."
Peter Scales, Ph.D., noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute



In order to meet the changing needs of our campers and provide opportunities for positive emotional, physical and social growth in their lives, our youth coaches facilitate enriching activities with a focus on exercise, encouragement, and motivation in an atmosphere ideal for personal growth.

  • Camp runs Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Cost for program participants is a $50.00 non-refundable deposit that must be paid in full prior to the start of Camp.

  • Camp runs for 5 weeks from June 17, 2019 to July 19, 2019.

  • Daily snacks and lunch provided.

  • Pick-up and drop-off transportation to and from your home provided as needed.


Camp activities include:

  • Swimming, Basketball, Golf, & Kickball

  • Exploratory Learning & Field Trips

  • Service & Outdoor Learning

  • Character & Social Development Workshops

  • One-on-one and/or Group Engagement Activities

  • Fun Games, Movies, Museums & Community Days

  • Reading & Reflective Writing Workshops

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Activities have been designed to:

  • Provide a greater sense of belonging

  • Increase physical activity

  • Teach appropriate social skills

  • Develop empathy for others

  • Exemplify appreciation for nature

  • Foster creativity and imagination

  • Promote diversity and friendship

  • Inspire self-advancement

  • Produce confident leaders 

To get an idea of what the 2019 camp schedule may look like, please see the 2017 Calendar



Youth Social Competence Survey (Pre-Post Testing): This scale measures youths’ awareness, knowledge, and investment in helping to improve themselves and others. Responsible Choices emphasizes good behavior, hard work, personal responsibility, and fairness. (Responsible Choices Scale. This is a subscale of the Youth Assets Survey (Oman, Vesley, McLeroy, et al., 2002, Civic Responsibility Survey (Furco, Muller, & Ammon, 1998)

Youth Responsibility Act: Inspired by The Happiness Institute and Professor Martin Seligman’s study of positive emotions and "Signature Strengths," The Youth Responsibility Act was developed to provide youth, ages 8-18, tools for self-expression. Participants utilize written, verbal, visual and technological mediums to express their life experiences, with the intent to positively impact their psychological well-being and interpersonal relationships.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL): The process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively.

Blooms Taxonomy: The framework consisting of six major categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation with Knowledge being the precursor to the following “skills and abilities”.


For more information about BEAM Summer Success Camp, or to enroll your son, please call 412-665-2810