Rosendin, the electrical contracting industry’s largest employee-owned firm with offices in Tempe, Arizona, was announced recently as the new solar partner for Camp Colley, a summer adventure camp located on the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona. As the camp’s solar partner, Rosendin will ensure that the camp and its facilities have consistent power to operate the camp.
“When we were introduced to Camp Colley, we were instantly drawn to their mission to help kids realize their full potential through fun and innovative STEM (science technology, engineering and math) programming,” said Brandon Stephens, Division Manager at Rosendin. “Initiatives like Camp Colley will help create the Rosendin employees of tomorrow, so it’s a win-win to partner with the camp to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed and engage today’s youth in a variety of STEM opportunities.”
Camp Colley immerses youth in nature while engaging them in leadership and recreational experiences, taking them out of everyday stressful environments where air, noise, light and automation pollution hinder opportunities for them to experience their full-range of capabilities. The camp is owned, operated, and funded by the City of Phoenix, Camp Colley Foundation, and Tonto Creek Camp. Camp Colley is unique in that it also offers full and partial scholarships to help disadvantaged kids experience the camp.
“Camp Colley was founded on the belief that every child should have a chance to experience nature in its purest form. For this reason, the camp is entirely off the grid and self-sustaining, with power provided by solar power and a backup propane generator,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We are so pleased to have Rosendin as Camp Colley’s new solar partner, as their support allows us to have even more kids experience the wonders of camp and northern Arizona’s nature.”
In addition to Rosendin’s maintenance efforts at Camp Colley, the company may also send current employees to the camp to teach classes for the campers, including showing them how solar power works, setting up electrical experiments, and other STEM projects to further inspire youth to consider a STEM career.
Plans are also in the works for Rosendin to add Wi-Fi, internet, and surveillance cameras to the site to monitor the solar panels remotely. They are also considering adding other cameras to monitor the camp’s buildings and other facilities during the winter when there is too much snow to drive to or access the camp site. The internet would only be used for surveillance and monitoring and would not be available to campers to use while they are at camp.
Registration for Summer 2019 Camp Colley sessions is open now. Those interested in registering or applying for scholarships can visit http://campcolley.org.
About Rosendin: Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is an employee-owned electrical contractor. With revenues surpassing $2 billion, Rosendin is one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States employing over 6,000 people. For 100 years, Rosendin has created a reputation for building quality electrical and communications installations, building value for clients, and building people within the company. For more information, visit www.rosendin.com.
About Camp Colley: Camp Colley is a secluded adventure camp nestled in the inspiring Ponderosa Pines on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. The camp introduces youth facing life challenges to the fun and education of outdoor recreation. The camp is owned by the City of Phoenix and funded by Camp Colley Foundation. Programming at Camp Colley effectively engages youth to build self-confidence, resilience, and healthy relationships—all of which provide necessary social supports for youth to transition more successfully into adulthood. For more information, visit http://campcolley.org.