About Buford

A Buford Foundation Camp

Our Camp Confidence program has impacted over 1200 Omaha students to date. We have a one-year program that gives students mentorship, confidence, leadership, communication, goals development and teamwork skills and activities that include two separate summer camps. Confidence to us means two things: gaining it through education and experience and learning how to best use it at home and in your community. The Buford Foundation is the only organization in Omaha with a one-year nature-based experiential and service learning program to give all students the tools they need to succeed in all facets of life.

We also host and facilitate outdoors, experiential learning and positive youth development excursions for Omaha nonprofits and youth groups. In Omaha, we are currently working with the Autism Action Partnership and have facilitated camps for the Heart Ministry Center youth group.

Camp Confidence is a one-year program in Omaha with two summer camps in Wyoming. Our students learn to Discover Respect: discover and respect nature, themselves and each other!

This program starts in Omaha with teambuilding, goal development and communication activities. The first camp in summer one is one-week long in Centennial, Wyoming followed by continued skills building curriculum upon their return to Omaha. The second camp in summer two is two-weeks in Alpine, Wyoming to connect all the skills building and confidence gained over the year. Each camp completes service projects in Wyoming culminating is a service learning project back in Omaha. Our goal is to build self-esteem, maintain it over the year and create young leaders connected to each other, nature and Omaha.

This is a true experiential learning outdoors program focused on positive youth development and service learning! The uniqueness of our program is being able to take students to our lands in Wyoming to do things there that they cannot do in Omaha. The impact has always come home to Omaha as we connect those lessons back home with activities in the local area.

Our Mission

The Buford Foundation exists to make a difference in the lives of Omaha youth. Through Camp Confidence programs, youth develop confidence and self-reliance, learn mutual respect and deepen intuition and natural curiosity. We seek to help youth strive toward their full potential.

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Our History

1975

We were founding in 1975 by a Jesuit priest at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

1979

Aquisition of Centennial Camp

2016

First Multi-Year camp for continued education.

Heart Ministry Center

We have taken our youth mentoring group to Camp Confidence with great results!  It is the pinnacle of our yearly

Our Leadership

Cliff McEvoy

Executive Director
Buford Foundation

David Manglesen

Board President
Manglesen's

Tom Pritchard

Board Vice President
Core Bank

William Lindsay, JD

Board Secretary
Gross & Welch Attorney

Danielle Bode, JD

Board Treasurer
Union Pacific Attorney

Heidi Pospisil

Board Member
Mangelsens

Thomas Purcell, III, JD, CPA

Board Member
Creighton University Professor of Accounting

Joseph McCaslin, MD

Board Member
Methodist Hospital

Chris Searl

Board Member
Creighton Prep Academic Assistant Principal

Sarah Moore, JD

Board Member
Deputy Douglas County Attorney

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