What we do:

Founded in 1948 by USC student Otis Healy, Troy Camp is an integral part of the USC community. As one of the university’s oldest and largest philanthropy organizations, we are committed to providing long-term mentorship for the youth of South Los Angeles. Throughout the school year, we build relationships with local youth through the following programs: SMASH and SP, elementary school tutoring and extracurricular programming; Leaders in Training, a mentorship program for middle school students; and TC Leads, a high school mentorship program.  In the summer we host a week-long camp in the San Bernardino Mountains for 200 elementary school students and throughout the year we hold monthly events for returning campers at various places around Los Angeles. We're non-denominational,  a nonprofit, and all of our programs are free for students. Scroll down to read more about our organization:

Who We Are

Our organization is run entirely by student volunteers at the University of Southern California. We come from all over the world and have many different stories and backgrounds, but we're all committed to helping our campers achieve their dreams. Scroll over the pictures to learn more about some of our many counselors that keep Troy Camp thriving every day.

"I have found myself in the extraordinary position of learning just as much from our kids as what we strive to teach them every day as their mentors – lessons that are grounded in our five pillars of friendship, community, discovery, enthusiasm, and growth. Troy Camp's ability to connect with neighboring elementary schools and bring former campers through our middle and high school programs is inspiring, and every day I am grateful to be a mentor to the incredible kids that we have the opportunity to work with." Christina “2Lanez” Yang – Biological Sciences with a Business minor – Class of 2016

"I have found myself in the extraordinary position of learning just as much from our kids as what we strive to teach them every day as their mentors – lessons that are grounded in our five pillars of friendship, community, discovery, enthusiasm, and growth. Troy Camp's ability to connect with neighboring elementary schools and bring former campers through our middle and high school programs is inspiring, and every day I am grateful to be a mentor to the incredible kids that we have the opportunity to work with."

Christina “2Lanez” Yang – Biological Sciences with a Business minor – Class of 2016

"Troy Camp is ‘for the kids.’ It's meant to challenge kids, from third grade to high school, to try new things: whether that's zip-lining, or applying to college. I think the counselors of Troy Camp make their mark on the community by driving kids to go beyond their comfort zone, and instilling the confidence that they have a support system, the Troy Camp family, to fall back on.” Dhiraj “Grasshopper” Pangal – Neuroscience – Class of 2017

"Troy Camp is ‘for the kids.’ It's meant to challenge kids, from third grade to high school, to try new things: whether that's zip-lining, or applying to college. I think the counselors of Troy Camp make their mark on the community by driving kids to go beyond their comfort zone, and instilling the confidence that they have a support system, the Troy Camp family, to fall back on.”

Dhiraj “Grasshopper” Pangal – Neuroscience – Class of 2017

"Troy Camp has proved to me how much of a positive effect one week of camp can have on a single camper. Whether it is expanding one's circle of friends, establishing a trusting relationship with one's counselors and fellow campers, or just being allowed to simply be a worry-free kid for a week, every camper is uniquely influenced by one week of camp. As a cabin counselor for 4th grade girls, I was able to observe first-hand how the week changed the lives of my campers and I am immensely proud to have been a part of it." Brianna “Microwave” Pivo – Neuroscience – Class of 2017

"Troy Camp has proved to me how much of a positive effect one week of camp can have on a single camper. Whether it is expanding one's circle of friends, establishing a trusting relationship with one's counselors and fellow campers, or just being allowed to simply be a worry-free kid for a week, every camper is uniquely influenced by one week of camp. As a cabin counselor for 4th grade girls, I was able to observe first-hand how the week changed the lives of my campers and I am immensely proud to have been a part of it."

Brianna “Microwave” Pivo – Neuroscience – Class of 2017

"There are so many facets of this organization, and so many fun ways to build life-lasting relationships with our campers and other children from the Los Angeles community. My favorite Troy Camp memory from this year was helping to facilitate the growth of friendship between an incredible group of 6th graders. There is so much to learn from our campers, and I've really enjoyed getting to know every single one of them." Jake “Finch” Lehman – Economics & Natural Science – Class of 2017

"There are so many facets of this organization, and so many fun ways to build life-lasting relationships with our campers and other children from the Los Angeles community. My favorite Troy Camp memory from this year was helping to facilitate the growth of friendship between an incredible group of 6th graders. There is so much to learn from our campers, and I've really enjoyed getting to know every single one of them."

Jake “Finch” Lehman – Economics & Natural Science – Class of 2017

"My Troy Camp name is Dyrt, and when you are in elementary school there is pretty much nothing funnier then getting to call a counselor Dyrt. At camp this summer some of the boys in cabins B4 and B9 would come marching up to me every day before lunch, stomp on the ground, and then look up at me with a big smile asking, "Did that hurt Dyrt?!!" I still laugh out loud when I think about it!" Audrey “Dyrt” Emerson – Film Critical Studies – Class of 2017

"My Troy Camp name is Dyrt, and when you are in elementary school there is pretty much nothing funnier then getting to call a counselor Dyrt. At camp this summer some of the boys in cabins B4 and B9 would come marching up to me every day before lunch, stomp on the ground, and then look up at me with a big smile asking, "Did that hurt Dyrt?!!" I still laugh out loud when I think about it!"

Audrey “Dyrt” Emerson – Film Critical Studies – Class of 2017

"Between the friendships that I've made with our campers and the students that we work with and the friendships that I've made with other counselors, Troy Camp shown me that I have a place here at USC and in LA, as well as that I can give back to these communities." Trevor “Papa Smurf” Hackett – Cognitive Science – Class of 2017

"Between the friendships that I've made with our campers and the students that we work with and the friendships that I've made with other counselors, Troy Camp shown me that I have a place here at USC and in LA, as well as that I can give back to these communities."

Trevor “Papa Smurf” Hackett – Cognitive Science – Class of 2017

"With Troy Camp, I've witnessed a rare sense of community that it is unexpected at a large university. And whether it has been the week at camp, yearlong events, or after school programming, the moments and people have stuck with me. While the counselors have taught me some powerful lessons—such as enthusiasm can lead to places that seemingly never even existed – I've learned even more from the campers. This includes products of self-reflection, such as patience and responsibility, as well as nuggets of wisdom ranging from dating advice to the importance of a regular bathroom schedule." Liam “Picklez” Conley – Human Biology – Class of 2017

"With Troy Camp, I've witnessed a rare sense of community that it is unexpected at a large university. And whether it has been the week at camp, yearlong events, or after school programming, the moments and people have stuck with me. While the counselors have taught me some powerful lessons—such as enthusiasm can lead to places that seemingly never even existed – I've learned even more from the campers. This includes products of self-reflection, such as patience and responsibility, as well as nuggets of wisdom ranging from dating advice to the importance of a regular bathroom schedule."

Liam “Picklez” Conley – Human Biology – Class of 2017

"My time in Troy Camp has been the most meaningful and rewarding experience of my life. Seeing that spark in the kids' eyes and the smiles on their faces is the best feeling in the world. Joining together with some of the most incredible people at USC to mentor these kids has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. Troy Camp has guided me toward my passion in life, given me lifelong friendships, and most of all, has taught me how to be a good person." Andie “Diglett” Furber – Communication – Class of 2017

"My time in Troy Camp has been the most meaningful and rewarding experience of my life. Seeing that spark in the kids' eyes and the smiles on their faces is the best feeling in the world. Joining together with some of the most incredible people at USC to mentor these kids has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. Troy Camp has guided me toward my passion in life, given me lifelong friendships, and most of all, has taught me how to be a good person."

Andie “Diglett” Furber – Communication – Class of 2017

"My favorite part about Troy Camp is the friendships that are built through it. Not only has Troy Camp allowed me to become especially close with my fellow counselors, but I also had the opportunity to watch a group of kids who had never met each other become a close group of friends. I think that's something that is unique to Troy Camp." Andrew “Chalupa” Sonnabend – Economics – Class of 2017

"My favorite part about Troy Camp is the friendships that are built through it. Not only has Troy Camp allowed me to become especially close with my fellow counselors, but I also had the opportunity to watch a group of kids who had never met each other become a close group of friends. I think that's something that is unique to Troy Camp."

Andrew “Chalupa” Sonnabend – Economics – Class of 2017

"I am lucky enough to have a cabin full of 10 wonderful 3rd graders. On the last night of camp, we each went around and said one word to describe what Troy Camp means to us. Hearing the words they used — "amazing," "beautiful," "respectful," "safe" — absolutely warmed my heart and really captured what Troy Camp means to me. It's an incredible family filled with incredible people, and I could not be more thankful or proud to be a part of it." Molly "Do Re Mi" Bamberger – Policy, Planning, and Development – Class of 2019

"I am lucky enough to have a cabin full of 10 wonderful 3rd graders. On the last night of camp, we each went around and said one word to describe what Troy Camp means to us. Hearing the words they used — "amazing," "beautiful," "respectful," "safe" — absolutely warmed my heart and really captured what Troy Camp means to me. It's an incredible family filled with incredible people, and I could not be more thankful or proud to be a part of it."

Molly "Do Re Mi" Bamberger – Policy, Planning, and Development – Class of 2019

"Specializing in academic support, recreational opportunities, and most importantly a commitment to friendship, Troy Camp has allowed me to engulf myself into the lives of many incredible children of South Los Angeles. Through weekly tutoring, day trips to Disneyland, or even an unforgettable week at camp, these remarkable kids have not only showed me their passions and interests, but have also helped me discover some of my own. As a 4th grade cabin counselor, I was able to see just how impactful the week was not only for the kids, but also for me. I often found myself learning just as much from them as I had ever hoped to teach them. Whether on the soccer field, in the pool, or at campfire, I will never forget the memories the boys of B7 were able to share with m." Rick "Happy Feet" Keaton –Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – Class of 2019

"Specializing in academic support, recreational opportunities, and most importantly a commitment to friendship, Troy Camp has allowed me to engulf myself into the lives of many incredible children of South Los Angeles. Through weekly tutoring, day trips to Disneyland, or even an unforgettable week at camp, these remarkable kids have not only showed me their passions and interests, but have also helped me discover some of my own. As a 4th grade cabin counselor, I was able to see just how impactful the week was not only for the kids, but also for me. I often found myself learning just as much from them as I had ever hoped to teach them. Whether on the soccer field, in the pool, or at campfire, I will never forget the memories the boys of B7 were able to share with m."

Rick "Happy Feet" Keaton –Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – Class of 2019

"I got way too excited about pushing campers on the swings and fell into some bushes after a push. Immediately, one of the campers hopped off of his swing to help me up, and another began brushing dirt off my back and picking twigs out of my hair. These 3rd grade boys, who earlier tried to put maple syrup in my breakfast cereal, had just become my support system. That's what Troy Camp does: it makes you a part of a family when you least expect it." Durga “Coppertone” Ghosh – Economics, Pre-Health – Class of 2017

"I got way too excited about pushing campers on the swings and fell into some bushes after a push. Immediately, one of the campers hopped off of his swing to help me up, and another began brushing dirt off my back and picking twigs out of my hair. These 3rd grade boys, who earlier tried to put maple syrup in my breakfast cereal, had just become my support system. That's what Troy Camp does: it makes you a part of a family when you least expect it."

Durga “Coppertone” Ghosh – Economics, Pre-Health – Class of 2017

"Troy Camp. I can't say those words with out breaking into a smile. It's been an amazing year filled with once in a lifetime memories. I went in believing that I could help children reach their dreams but never knew the impact that they would also have upon my dreams. Troy Camp is home, family and full of TC love." Milan “Cowabunga” Carter – Business Administration – Class of 2018

"Troy Camp. I can't say those words with out breaking into a smile. It's been an amazing year filled with once in a lifetime memories. I went in believing that I could help children reach their dreams but never knew the impact that they would also have upon my dreams. Troy Camp is home, family and full of TC love."

Milan “Cowabunga” Carter – Business Administration – Class of 2018

"Troy Camp has become my home away from home, an organization nothing short of amazing. I had the pleasure of being a 3rd grade cabin counselor this year with 9 amazing boys who all taught me new things about myself, and brought out the best counselor I could ever be. If it was them waking up early in the morning excited for the day to come, running around camp going from sports to the pool, or singing at the nightly campfire, their smiles and glimmer in their eyes proved to me how much this meant to them. Whether it is camp or any of the programs Troy Camp offers, the support, time, and care we provide our children is one to be proud of, and one that I am ever so grateful to be a part of." Martin "Rotisserie" Torres – Cinema and Media Studies – Class of 2019

"Troy Camp has become my home away from home, an organization nothing short of amazing. I had the pleasure of being a 3rd grade cabin counselor this year with 9 amazing boys who all taught me new things about myself, and brought out the best counselor I could ever be. If it was them waking up early in the morning excited for the day to come, running around camp going from sports to the pool, or singing at the nightly campfire, their smiles and glimmer in their eyes proved to me how much this meant to them. Whether it is camp or any of the programs Troy Camp offers, the support, time, and care we provide our children is one to be proud of, and one that I am ever so grateful to be a part of."

Martin "Rotisserie" Torres – Cinema and Media Studies – Class of 2019

"Inside each and every one of these kids is the potential for unmeasurable greatness, and in Troy Camp we are given the precious opportunity to help and watch them attain it. At the end of the day it's more than color team cheers, Double Dare, and "Sodapops!"-- these kids not only become your biggest supporters but some of your role models. I cherish every minute that I get to spend time with these unique, strong, ambitious kids, and the tight-knit family you build with all the other counselors is just an added bonus.  ." Annie "Table Tennis" Song – Computer Science – Class of 2018

"Inside each and every one of these kids is the potential for unmeasurable greatness, and in Troy Camp we are given the precious opportunity to help and watch them attain it. At the end of the day it's more than color team cheers, Double Dare, and "Sodapops!"-- these kids not only become your biggest supporters but some of your role models. I cherish every minute that I get to spend time with these unique, strong, ambitious kids, and the tight-knit family you build with all the other counselors is just an added bonus.  ."

Annie "Table Tennis" Song – Computer Science – Class of 2018

"My campers have taught me the importance of integrity to myself as well as to others; responsibility; and, of course, the power of a couple camp songs! For example, this past camp, one of my campers had been shy about singing the songs for the first couple days of camp. By the end of camp, though, he was singing all of them and having the time of his life. It's the small moments that show immense growth in an individual, and I could see so much growth over one week." Alex “Tiny Dancer” Chen – GeoDesign – Class of 2018