The founder of the Buford Foundation, Father Dan Kenney, envisioned a Wyoming wilderness camp to provide a positive experience for youth who lack confidence and self-esteem. The camp helps them discover their resiliency and competency in facing life’s problems.
In 1975, Father Kenney saw the annual wilderness camps take shape through a generous land donation near Alpine, Wyoming. That same year, a second camp was established near Centennial, Wyoming.
The Buford Foundation believes all children deserve the opportunity to succeed. Children’s greatest obstacle is often low self-esteem, but “seeing beauty of the wilderness… [they may] see their own beauty.”
Campers are typical teenagers, often recommended by school counselors or teachers. The teens return as more confident, independent, intuitive and cooperative individuals.
For over 30 years, the Buford Foundation has provided Camp Confidence programs to help students learn to face the challenges of our changing world.