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Go Beyond's Mission

Go Beyond Nebraska enables youth in the Omaha area to develop confidence, build respect, and discover their full potential.

Go Beyond Nebraska is a 501(c)3 non profit that has been serving our community since 1978. For more than 40 years we have focused on the importance of nature in the personal development of young men and women.  

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the outdoors.

Our History

Go Beyond Nebraska, formerly known as Camp Confidence, is the only Outdoor Leadership Program of its kind! Since our beginning we’ve expanded who we serve and are excited to continue our mission and grow in the years to come.

Go Beyond Nebraska is a full scholarship program, with zero cost to participants or their families. We also provide assistance with necessary outdoor gear, supplies, and transportation in order to ensure our program is accessible to any youth. 

Who We Serve

Our participants are nominated by school counselors, recruiters, and community partner organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Partnership 4 Kids, Completely Kids, Girls Inc., One World, CASA, Inclusive Communities and many others. Nominees are then provided applications to complete. Any interested youth are eligible to apply!

In 2019 we served over 70 students from 40 different schools in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and York, Nebraska. 

Our Leadership

Tom Pritchard

BOARD PRESIDENT

Chief Financial Officer
THE STEIER GROUP


From the time I stepped foot onto the property as a 15 year old, I knew this place was special and transformative - I knew it was the place for me! I've been honored to serve on the board for the past 15 years, and to play a part in allowing our local youth to explore and grow as individuals.
Alum

Joe McCaslin

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

METHODIST HOSPITAL



I have been associated with the camp since 1981, first as a camper, then as a counselor and director, now as a board member. My life was permanently changed in a positive way by my experiences, and I very much enjoy being able to help make that positive change in today's youth!
Alum

Tom Pritchard

BOARD PRESIDENT

Chief Financial Officer
THE STEIER GROUP


From the time I stepped foot onto the property as a 15 year old, I knew this place was special and transformative - I knew it was the place for me! I've been honored to serve on the board for the past 15 years, and to play a part in allowing our local youth to explore and grow as individuals.
Alum

Joe McCaslin

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

METHODIST HOSPITAL



I have been associated with the camp since 1981, first as a camper, then as a counselor and director, now as a board member. My life was permanently changed in a positive way by my experiences, and I very much enjoy being able to help make that positive change in today's youth!
Alum

Regina M. Taylor

BOARD SECRETARY

Asst. Professor of Management
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

The mission of Go Beyond is particularly important to me because I understand first hand how the camping experience can impact a child's self confidence. My son's participation in camp really helped to transform his view of himself as well as allowed him to try new things and make new friends. He really enjoyed his experience at camp and I have enjoyed watching him grow personally as a result.
Parent Alum

Regina M. Taylor

BOARD SECRETARY

Asst. Professor of Management
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

The mission of Go Beyond is particularly important to me because I understand first hand how the camping experience can impact a child's self confidence. My son's participation in camp really helped to transform his view of himself as well as allowed him to try new things and make new friends. He really enjoyed his experience at camp and I have enjoyed watching him grow personally as a result.
Parent Alum

Sarah M. Moore

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Deputy County Attorney
DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

My life was forever changed after I received a Camp scholarship in 1996. I jumped at the opportunity to return as a Camp Counselor in 2002, and was honored to join the Board in 2009. Camp is important to me, as it was there for me at a very important time in my life. It allowed me to discover confidence I never knew I had, exposed me to experiences I had never had, and showed me in the most amazing way that I can do anything I set my mind to! I am forever indebted to our organization and it’s a joy to make that impact in the lives of other children.
Alum

Karie Milford

BOARD TREASURER

MILFORD REALITY


Alum

Heidi Pospisil

BOARD MEMBER

Sarah M. Moore

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Deputy County Attorney
DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

My life was forever changed after I received a Camp scholarship in 1996. I jumped at the opportunity to return as a Camp Counselor in 2002, and was honored to join the Board in 2009. Camp is important to me, as it was there for me at a very important time in my life. It allowed me to discover confidence I never knew I had, exposed me to experiences I had never had, and showed me in the most amazing way that I can do anything I set my mind to! I am forever indebted to our organization and it’s a joy to make that impact in the lives of other children.
Alum

Karie Milford

BOARD TREASURER

MILFORD REALITY


Alum

Heidi Pospisil

BOARD MEMBER

Chris Hedican

BOARD MEMBER

Partner Attorney
BAIRD HOLM

Cliff McEvoy

BOARD MEMBER

Philanthropy Director
Kids Can Community Center


The Go Beyond program is an opportunity for students to learn and grow and experience the beauty of nature while making friendships and getting involved in the community. My favorite part of experiencing camp was final campfire after all the hikes, horseback riding and whitewater rafting when we are exhausted and so grateful for the activities, accomplishments, friendships and experiences!

Chris Hedican

BOARD MEMBER

Partner Attorney
BAIRD HOLM

Cliff McEvoy

BOARD MEMBER

Philanthropy Director
Kids Can Community Center


The Go Beyond program is an opportunity for students to learn and grow and experience the beauty of nature while making friendships and getting involved in the community. My favorite part of experiencing camp was final campfire after all the hikes, horseback riding and whitewater rafting when we are exhausted and so grateful for the activities, accomplishments, friendships and experiences!

Ryan Decker

BOARD MEMBER


First National Bank


David M. Mangelsen

BOARD PRESIDENT EMERITAS

Mangelsen's


Ryan Decker

BOARD MEMBER

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First National Bank


Why Go Beyond is important...

Ian Kimmer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Go Beyond Nebraska

What we do at Go Beyond has been changing lives since the 1970’s, and what we do now more than ever before is a powerful answer to the uncertain and plugged-in-but-detached lives we all live today. The strength of overcoming profound challenges way outside of our comfort zones, the inspiration of nature's indescribable offerings, the building of our better self in a positive community of people - we are blessed to have this program and these camps. It is important to me to bring as many kids along for the adventure as we can!

Stephanie Purcell

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Go Beyond Nebraska

STEPH LOVES CAMP
Alum

David M. Mangelsen

BOARD PRESIDENT EMERITAS

Mangelsen's


Ian Kimmer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Go Beyond Nebraska

What we do at Go Beyond has been changing lives since the 1970’s, and what we do now more than ever before is a powerful answer to the uncertain and plugged-in-but-detached lives we all live today. The strength of overcoming profound challenges way outside of our comfort zones, the inspiration of nature's indescribable offerings, the building of our better self in a positive community of people - we are blessed to have this program and these camps. It is important to me to bring as many kids along for the adventure as we can!

Stephanie Purcell

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Go Beyond Nebraska

Alum

Where We're Located

Go Beyond is based in Omaha, NE with two properties in Wyoming that we use for our summer programming and partnership rentals. Our Emerging Explorers uses the closest camp is located at the base of the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming. For our Advanced Adventures, we use both our Centennial cabin and travel even further into Wyoming and use our cabins near Alpine as a home base. 

From our cabins we travel to Colorado and raft the Cache la Poudre River, visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and even explore the Minnetonka Caves in Idaho! Local activities vary from year to year but include camping, canoeing, ropes corses, environmental courses, and more.

Interested in volunteering with us?

We're always looking for volunteers to serve on our board and action committees,
or become student recruiters, and/or seasonal staff for camps.