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What is the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund?

The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund was created in honor of Scott J. Beigel, with the mission and purpose to send at-risk, underserved children touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp.

Who is Scott J. Beigel?

Scott J. Beigel was a geography teacher and cross country coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. He spent his summers as a beloved camp counselor. On February 14, 2018, Scott was killed saving the lives of 31 students in the school massacre that left 17 innocent people dead.

How do you decide which children are supported by SJBMF?

There is an application process for each child and every application is reviewed by a 3rd party to determine eligibility. Every selected child must agree to maintain a list of standards related to education, behavior, etc. in order to attend summer camp each year.

Is SJBMF a tax-exempt, charitable organization?

Yes. The Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under the law.

What summer sleep-away camps do the selected children go to?

Currently the SJBMF provides access to the following camps:
Camp Junior
Trail Blazers
Kiddie Keep Well
Camp Herrlich
Camp Fiver
Camp Hi-Rock
Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp

What are the SJBMF annual fundraising events?

The 2023 fundraising events include:
RUN 4 BEIGEL - Parkland, FL
*BUCKETS 4 BEIGEL - Long Island, NY
Remembering Scott - Long Island, NY
*The Scott J. Beigel Golf Classic, Long Island, NY
RUN 4 BEIGEL - Long Island, NY

*These events are in the planning stages. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Where does my donation go?

Donations are accumulated throughout the year and go directly to sending at-risk, underserved children touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camp. We call these 'camperships'.

What additional help is provided for these children other than access to camp?

The SJBMF provides basic necessities to all children accepted into our program including items such as socks, underwear, toothbrush, etc. The SJBMF also provides a long time support network for every child we send to camp. Once a child is accepted into the program, they are eligible to return every year until they turn 18, provided they continue to follow the agreed upon list of standards required to participate. Well-designed summer camps are educational programs that offer artistic, musical, and athletic experiences, adventurous outdoor programs, and a safe environment. Trained staff and camp professionals are educators who support, encourage, and teach campers. Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive. Children who receive camperships come from low-income families and the chance to attend summer camp is a unique opportunity that their parents could not otherwise afford.

How can I volunteer?

To become a SJBMF volunteer please email us at [email protected]


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