Bruce Irons, a Charlotte public school educator, was deeply committed to providing all children equal access to educational opportunities. He strongly believed that a quality education demanded learning experiences beyond the classroom walls, and included meaningful summertime enrichment activities. The Bruce Irons Camp Fund (now Wayfinders) was established in 1988 by his friends and family members to honor his memory and to extend his work on behalf of children.
For the first 12 years, we provided camp scholarships for one to two fourth-grade students at Eastover Elementary School. In 2000, we broadened our reach by partnering with additional Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools, and by developing a collaborative relationship with Communities in Schools (CIS).
In 2018, we celebrated 30 years of providing transformative summer camp experiences to underserved children in Charlotte.
In 2019, we changed our name to Wayfinders and expanded our program so that scholars could remain in the program through high school graduation, eight years total.