Created in 2015, Blueprint4Summer STL is the first addition to our growing family of search apps for fun and diverse learning opportunities. Back in 2015 Maxine Clark and Allie Cicotte of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation were searching for ways to help St. Louis area families easily find and learn about local summer camps and other fun activities to prevent summer learning loss. They found that there were plenty of camps and programs out there, but finding, organizing, and comparing information was a significant challenge. Families were spending hours searching online and reading pamphlets to find the perfect camp for their child. This was valuable time taken away from other activities that could not be replaced. Maxine and Allie knew there had to be a better way for families to find local summer camps and learning opportunities. So, they set out to build it.
That same year, the Foundation created Blueprint4Summer to simplify the summer camp search process and provide tools to help families prepare for success. They formed a team to gather and manage local summer program information, taking on the research and discovery process families previously had to do for themselves. They built the Blueprint4 platform to house and organize information about all the best summer learning opportunities. The easy-to-use mobile tool features a powerful search function, browsable program listings, helpful links, and planning tools to help families prepare for summer success. It’s free-for-all and not-for-profit, supported by investors who care deeply about youth and education access.
Blueprint4Summer STL debuted in 2015 to rave reviews from local families and program providers, and has become the go-to destination for summer camp information in the St. Louis metro area.
Blueprint4Summer quickly began expanding to do more than just summer camps. Click below to learn about our other search platforms.