History & Mission


Reading Camp provides 3 through 5 graders who are reading below grade level non-traditional educational opportunities that build confidence and empower them to achieve academic success.


Reading Camp began as a secular ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington in 2002. The first camp program welcomed 32 campers and 38 volunteers from across eastern Kentucky to a week-long residential camp hosted at the Cathedral Domain Camp and Conference Center. With program success, a day camp model was created and a second residential camp was launched at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Due to widespread need for literacy intervention, between 2002 and 2008, Reading Camps opened in Danville, Lexington, Irvine, Versailles, Winchester, Covington, Harlan, and Hazard, Kentucky.

News of Reading Camp began to spread outside of Kentucky which eventually led to the creation of the Reading Camp Network. The Reading Camp Network (RCN) was formally established in the fall of 2011 when St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bay City, Michigan joined and began planning their first camp program. The RCN provides tools necessary to establish camps wherever the need exists and offers training, support and community for Reading Camps across the United States and Africa.