Who is eligible? Eligible youth are male, ages 13-16, who reside in Connecticut and who have faced significant life challenges but show signs of resiliency. Youth must demonstrate interest and investment in the program and commit to group activities. Cohorts are made up of 10 youth and will be finalized in January. Registration will close after 10 youth have been selected.

What does it cost? YEP is entirely volunteer-run. We work hard to acquire as much funding for programs as possible through small foundation grants and donations. This ultimately offsets about two-thirds of the actual costs for outfitting, food, and program fees. Tuition covers the remaining cost and this is kept as low as possible. Tuition for the 2020 challenge series will be finalized by January but has ranged from $600-$1,000 over the years. This is a fraction of the cost for the same activities at typical summer camps. Tuition remission is available for a limited number of families. Please contact us for more details on this. Youth fundraising to identify individual sponsors can be facilitated to cover tuition.

How do I nominate a youth for the program? Youth are selected based on fit. The final selection is made following the January orientation. To nominate a youth, please complete and submit the following form at this link: