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News | March 26, 2024

TheUMPHX: Build The Future: Enroll Your Middle Schooler In TRF Camp Build Today!

Free week of construction, skills, and fun June 3-7 in Phoenix Area

The Rosendin Foundation, a dedicated 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to positively impacting communities and empowering individuals, announces the return of TRF Camp Build, a transformative program designed to ignite the joy of building in middle school students. After the resounding success of its inaugural year, TRF Camp Build is back in the Phoenix area for the second consecutive year, taking place from June 3-7, 2024.

TRF Camp Build is a unique, free weeklong co-ed day camp tailored for current 6th-8th graders. The camp offers an immersive hands-on experience, providing participants with valuable skills that extend beyond the program’s duration. Space is limited; parents can register their middle schoolers for an exciting week of construction, skill-building, and fun. The deadline for registration is March 31, 2024.

Under the expert guidance of skilled professionals, students will engage in a variety of activities, including personal safety training, concrete and rebar work, soldering, pipe bending, Building Information Modeling (BIM), heavy equipment operation, framing, woodworking, roofing, and painting. These activities expose participants to a lifelong appreciation for building and a spectrum of career opportunities.

“As we gear up for the second year of TRF Camp Build, we’re eager to welcome both new and familiar faces. We’re excited about the opportunity to witness the enthusiasm of fresh minds and the return of dedicated participants,” says Jolsna Thomas, President of The Rosendin Foundation. “This camp is a unique opportunity for us to continue building not only structures but also lasting connections with the young minds of the future workforce. We look forward to inspiring and empowering each participant on their journey of discovery and growth.”

Throughout the program, students will actively learn by working on interactive projects, such as wiring lamps, pouring concrete for steppingstones, and building doghouses. The doghouse will ultimately be donated to the local community, allowing participants to apply their newfound skills while making a positive impact.

“TRF Camp Build serves as a gateway for middle school students in Phoenix to embark on a journey where they will discover the joy of building through hands-on experiences within a safe and nurturing environment. Investment in educating and training our future builders is paramount for the sustained success of the construction industry and society generally,” says Thomas.

“Our goal is to ignite a passion that transcends stereotypes, encouraging students to explore diverse career opportunities aligned with their individual interests, ultimately shaping a more inclusive and innovative future for the entire industry.”

TRF Camp Build is actively seeking sponsors to further enhance its impactful initiatives. The program has already garnered substantial support from notable contributors, including Patron-level sponsors Rosendin and MPS, Diamond-level sponsor United Rentals, Gold-level sponsor Arizona Chapter of NECA and Silver-level sponsor Arizona Building & Construction Trades Council. In addition, valuable in-kind donors such as Milwaukee Tools, Stanley Black and Decker, Border States, and Graybar have generously contributed to the program’s success.

The Rosendin Foundation, an advocate for community well-being, supports various non-profit organizations across the country that focus on emotional, nutritional, and occupational health programs.

To participate in the 2023 TRF Camp Build program or to become a sponsor, register by the deadline this Sunday, March 31, 2024. Limited spots are available, and detailed information about the program and the application process can be found at

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