In the summer of 1993, Sawyerville Day Camp held its inaugural session, and 75 campers and staff participated. Twenty-three years later, in 2016, we welcomed over 750 campers and more than 360 staff! We have grown quite a bit over the years, and we've cultivated rich relationships with the local community along the way. Through it all, our goals have remained the same. We hope to share Christ's love through Christian community, broaden the horizons of campers and staff, and improve race relations in Alabama.
Sawyerville Day Camp and the Yellowhammer Learning Program take place in Greensboro, AL which is in Hale County. Hale County is one of the most impoverished counties in the state. Because of its remote location, there are few resources or opportunities available to residents.
According to the 2016 Alabama Kids Count Data Book, in Hale County:
ranks 57 out of 67 Alabama counties in child well-being which includes health, safety, education, and economic stability.
27.9% of residents live below the poverty line.
42.6% of children live in poverty.
27% receive SNAP benefits.
24.5% report food insecurity.
28.6% of children report childhood food insecurity.
34.9 % of 8th grade students are proficient in reading.
8.5% of 8th grade students are proficient in math.