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Britney's Camp for Kids -- Desperate Times

4/28/2010 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The summer camp that Britney Spears created for under-privileged kids back in 1999 is in serious danger of going under -- unless they find some serious dough ASAP.

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The camp -- a ten-day summer program for 250 "economically disadvantaged students" -- was originally named the "Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts" until Brit bowed out in 2004. After that, the camp was renamed Summer Stars Camp and received generous donations from sponsors like 50 Cent and the Jonas Brothers.

But now, the camp's executive director tells TMZ they've run out of money and can't seem to find any more celebrity sponsors this year -- the first time they've had money issues since the place was founded.

The director also claims that the camp is so desperate for the $250,000 it needs to stay afloat, they've entered a contest run by Pepsi in a last ditch effort to score a grant.

Attempts to reach Britney for comment were unsuccessful.

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Ann    

Desperate news

1608 days ago
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John    

WTF, it costs $10,000 per kid for 10 days? What kind of scam are they running?

1608 days ago
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John    

wtf, $10,000 per kid for 10 days? What kind of scam are they running?

1608 days ago
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Sydne    

Have Brittany do a concert to raise money.

1608 days ago
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anne bont    

When you started becoming famous and even after it's always very popular to take part into charities galas or build camps like this for under priviledged.But Few of celebrities are really sincerely involved in projects in the long term...

1608 days ago
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Darlene    

All the stars could open the pocketbooks for this!!

1608 days ago
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Sonja    

John learn to add, it's $1,000 per kid. By the time you are done with insurance, staff, and food there isn't much left. Moron.

1608 days ago
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Pete    

TMZ, are you f'ng stupid? "Britney Spears Camp for the Performing Arts" until Brit bowed out in 2004. After that, the camp was renamed Summer Stars Camp and received generous donations from sponsors like 50 Cent and the Jonas Brothers."



So why are you laying this at her feet when you freaking just said that she bowed out in 2004? Morons.

1608 days ago
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w    

This is sad when you read the story about celine dions massive expensive water park and then this story. what a shame.

1608 days ago
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Melanie    

I wonder how long it will be until somebody blames britney for not stepping in to save the day, even though she currently has no control over her finances. people will find a way to blame britney, they always do.

1608 days ago
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yooooost    

Hmm well how about f-ing celine dion since she just built her own water park. why do we glorify these selfish a-holes living off the fame we give them?

1608 days ago
12.

i    

$250,000 to run a camp for 10 days WTF?



Sexy Brits is not stupid

1608 days ago
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Craig    

To all, the camp is a very good cause and the staff make great sacrifices to spend weeks away from their families to help these kids.Please don't knock the camp because of TMZ's story. The camp isn't bringing Britney into the story, TMZ did. It's a shame she could not continue to sponsor the program, but thanks to those celebs who have helped to keep the camp going since 2004. I am certain the staff and campers appreciate the time and support you have given to the program over the years. And a special thanks to Britney for helping from the start

1608 days ago
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Rex    

Dion has every right to make as much money as she wants and do with it what she wants.



Typical that these celebrities can't commit to a cause for the long term.

1608 days ago
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Pricilla    

You are ridiculous! Everyone knows that she has no right to control your money, and even if she have this. She is not obliged to care for a place to spend 250,000 for 10 days! The money is hers and she does what her want with it! Why not tell that to Celine Dion? Always find a way to incriminate Briney, I dream with a day that I will open the TMZ and see something good about her. WTF!



Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/27/britney-spears-camp-summer-stars-funding/#ixzz0mPHFJWRk

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