Surfari Pals

Surfari Pals


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Do you have a cool skill, love kids and have some time to volunteer? If so, Surfari Pals would love to talk to you! Camp Surfari is happening in June.
Our friends at Surfari Pals on Marshall St. are back with their Camp Surfari again this year, and best of all, thanks to generous grants, all campers attend for free! Register soon as available spaces are sure to fill up quickly.
You need some salsa in your life to get you through this first work week of the new year. Fortunately, Surfari Pals and their Surfari Salsa is here to help. Support a great downtown non-profit and warm up your belly at the same time! They will even deliver it to you in the downtown area!
Hey, hey and welcome to the FIRST weekend of the New Year! Things will be getting back to normal in terms of restaurants and businesses opening back up after the holidays so come out and enjoy! Two special things today- Appli-Ks Embroidery & Gifts will be reopening this morning at 624 Texas (behind Rhino Coffee) at 9 am so if there is a gift you forgot to get or just want to create something customized and unique to 'top off' a gift you have already given, pop by and see Katy! V & B Resale will also be open today for their monthly pop up at 1010 Marshall Street. They are a little difficult to find. They are in the building just behind Surfari Pals- just walk through the wrought iron gate and you will see their door. Cute jewelry, wraps, purses and more. Lena's Shoes at 501 Milam may still have some of those great Christmas sales going, so check things out there. Parish Taceaux welcomes you downtown with bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Marys as part of their Saturday Brunch, Rhino Coffee, Shababy’s Cajun Cooking at 605 Texas, Retro Down Town Cafe at 420 Marshall, Bon Asian Cafe in the 500 block of Edwards St., Retro DownTown BBQ at 500 Texas St., Red River Brewpub at 1200 Marshall, and Abby Singer's Bistro at 617 Texas are ALL open as usual. Robinson Film Center has Wonder Woman 1984 and News of the World on the big screens, multiple showings. Shreveport Aquarium is open today, as is Sci-Port Discovery Center! Welcome to the New Year and welcome back to downtown! Stay safe and see you soon!
Kip and Jennifer: Thank you for being the program foe the May 7 Kiwanis meeting. Let's see if we can find ways to volunteer for Surfari Pals.
Soooo.... a little salsa to go with your popcorn? :) Surfari Pals is giving out what we are told is absolutely delicious salsa for those who stop by at 1010 Marshall Street until 7 pm today (or until they run out)!
I asked, and you answered!

After an overwhelmingly positive response to my question of whether YOU would want a Facebook Live series featuring and highlighting nonprofits who are thriving in the virtual space, I’ve decided to spend the next three weeks doing just that!

In particular, we’ll be learning from nonprofit organizations that are hosting virtual events, digital campaigns, and creative fundraising solutions via social media.

FIRST guest is Jennifer, Founder of Surfari Pals. You don’t want to miss this - tag a friend in the comments below that needs to hop on with you!
Check out this fresh ☀️Downtown Daily Good Deed☀️! Kip Cummings planted an urban garden at the Surfari Pals offices to grow veggies. This summer, kids at Camp Surfari will try all sorts of yummy new things like bell peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.

Thank you to Kip and his pals who donated their time, money and effort to nurture downtown Shreveport.
We love our new neighbors, Surfari Pals! This is how you change a’s all of us working together for the good of our cities.

#SBMissionLife #MoreThanAShelter #ChangingOurCitiesOneLifeAtATime

Surfari Pals is a fun new way to teach elementary-age children manners, social etiquette, life skills, respect, and self-confidence. We take students on a character-building, learning adventure using ocean-based characters and Kip Surfari as their guide.

Surfari Pals partners with low income elementary schools. We provide a character development program that is fun and interactive. The setting for our characters and lessons is the ocean and the beach! We pair cartooned ocean characters with real ocean animals to teach kids manners, soft skills, and character development, along with life long lessons such as goal setting and healthy interaction wit

Operating as usual


Camilla's Birthday Wish

Jessi the Jumbo Shrimp teaches us that you are never too little to do big things. Camilla is proof of that! 😍

Small nonprofit organizations make a difference in Shreveport, should be supported 03/06/2022

Small nonprofit organizations make a difference in Shreveport, should be supported

Gosh, we are so honored to be mentioned.

Small nonprofit organizations make a difference in Shreveport, should be supported In Shreveport, there are many individuals who do good work, and provide services and support to those who need help in difficult situations.


We hope 2022 is the best ever for you!

Timeline photos 12/29/2021

There is nothing like waking up on January 1st with a clean and organized home and workspace. It is a refreshing mental reset.

You can do it. To help with feeling overwhelmed, practice the "rule of three." Do three things. Do three more. Carry on until all of a sudden, it is all finished! You got this!

We are walking into a new year this week so let's prepare by getting organized with Joa Joa the John Dory! Being organized can help you reach your goals.

Timeline photos 12/03/2021

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is a great day for Dean the Disabled Dungeness Crab who reminds us that people who have disabilities are still PEOPLE! Be kind to people. Instead of staring, smile and wave.


Climbing competition starts at 1 o’clock and will be serving salsa from now till we run out or 6 PM, which ever comes first!


One of our favorite things to do is volunteer as judges in the Oak Park student of the year contest. It’s always a very difficult decision to choose the brightest and best at Oak Park. It is such an honor to serve along with some of our best community leaders. Our co-judges are from the Boy Scouts of America, FDDOC, Volunteers of America,  and Caddo Parish School Board. Oak Park Spartans


At Camp Surfari, one of our favorite parts of the week is doing service projects for our community. Today I was able to present a dozen hand tied blankets to the residents of Magnolia Manor rehabilitation center of Shreveport. When you give to Surfari Pals this is what you’re supporting.

Timeline photos 11/13/2021

Today we celebrate World Kindness Day but we all know kindness is necessary every day of the week! That’s why Paul the Parrotfish reminds us to only say nice things to others. Our words and actions have the power to bring joy and encouragement to those around us.

>How will you show kindness today? >What is the nicest thing someone has said to you?

Timeline photos 10/14/2021

Kip Surfari and Mrs. Jennifer have a conversation about bullying. What IS bullying? How do you help stop it or prevent it? Have you ever bullied someone?
Join them for a great conversation and talk point worksheets to help continue with a conversation with your kids. This video is 25 minutes but is designed to be used in a stop and talk format. See the comments for the talk point guides.

Timeline photos 10/13/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Photos from Surfari Pals's post 10/12/2021

Kip Surfari and Mrs. Jennifer had the best time teaching campers at Risen Rock’s fall break camp on Monday and Tuesday. Campers learned about Stopping and Thinking with Kim the Kelp Perch and Setting goals with Amin the Albacore!

Timeline photos 10/11/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 10/11/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 10/08/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 10/07/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 10/05/2021

It’s World Teachers Day!!! Teachers are the backbone of a growing society nurturing the minds of young people every day. Learning is essential to growth! Tag a teacher and tell us why they are awesome!

Timeline photos 10/02/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 10/01/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!

Timeline photos 09/30/2021

We are grateful for our Camp Surfari Sponsors 2021!


It’s Walk the Talk Wednesday. We were so happy to be able to help these kiddos out with some school supplies. Hurricane Ida damaged their home and they lost their school supplies, along with so much more. They are attending school in Caddo Parish for now.

Thank you!!!!

Photos from Surfari Pals's post 09/13/2021

Moriah the Manta Ray wants us to always look on the positive side of things. That’s perfect because today is Positive Thinking Day! Even if something bad happens, we can put a positive spin on it. If you look for good, you will find it! Can you see the positive in these situations?
-Woke up late for school
-Forgot to get milk at the store
-Dropped your candy on the floor
-Your game was canceled due to rain

Timeline photos 09/12/2021

The warmth of a smile, the extra piece of candy when mom or dad is not looking, the home-cooked treats, and the summertime adventures all make us love grandparents more each day. We celebrate National Grandparents Day with joy! Thank you for loving us as only you can.

Photos from Surfari Pals's post 08/17/2021

We are so excited for National Nonprofit Day because we get the opportunity to highlight other awesome organizations that partner with us to serve our community! If you’re not exactly sure what a nonprofit is…check this out! Surfari Pals is one of many. Tell us what other nonprofits you support!


In June, campers were able to learn about fire safety! We are grateful to the Shreveport Fire Department for keeping us safe and taking the time to educate our kids!

Photos from Surfari Pals's post 08/02/2021

Last week we finished our last Camp Surfari of 2021! 😭 Here's what the campers learned. Stay tuned to our social media for July camp highlights!

Timeline Photos 07/30/2021

We have friends in different places and stages of life. We have friends who look like us and friends who do not. One thing we know, life would not be the same without them! Stuti the Seahorse teaches us to stand by our friends (and family) no matter what! On this International Day of Friendship, let’s encourage our amazing friends!

Tag one of your friends below and tell them how great they are!

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

Our week-long Camp Surfari starts TODAY!!! The big ideas for this week are goal setting and table manners. Campers will attend daily for fun lessons and enriching activities. Will your child be there?


Camp Surfari believes that games are essential for character development, teamwork and FUN!!!

Timeline Photos 07/22/2021

Camp Surfari Poll: what would you rather have for dessert... a cookie or a cupcake?

Timeline Photos 07/21/2021

We want kids to dream big, set goals, work hard, and be creative! Camp Surfari offers time and activity for all of these things! We're so excited for our July week-long camp starting next week!

Timeline Photos 07/20/2021

Camp Surfari features Surfari Pals who teach kids about practical things for every day life... like, Parker the Piranha! Does your child brush twice a day for two minutes?

Timeline Photos 07/19/2021

Every Camp Surfari offers a time for the kids to do something for those in need. Our July camp next week will be no different. Surfari Pals serve!!!

Timeline Photos 07/16/2021

Let your kids GROW with you! At Camp Surfari, Ridleigh had an amazing time picking tomatoes fresh from the Surfari Pals garden! See more in our stories!

Our Story

Let us introduce ourselves.


Kip and Jennifer are just a California boy and a Texas girl looking to make a difference in this big ol' world.

Growing up in Bell Gardens, California, a small suburb of East Los Angeles, one of Kip’s main influences in his life was a childhood neighbor named Monty Heistand. Monty helped teach the neighborhood kids good character skills, and provided a place for everyone to call home. Monty continues to inspire Kip to look for ways to influence children in a positive way.
Jennifer grew up in a small East Texas community where she watched her parents model giving and sharing with others. Jennifer learned early on that being willing to give or help someone in need often had nothing to do with what was, or wasn't, in your wallet.

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National Volunteer Week April 18-24
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1010 Marshall St, Ste A
Shreveport, LA

General information

Having a passion to help others and to create a way to help children learn to become better citizens while learning principles, values and character skills is very important.

I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit many areas, both inside and outside the U.S., whether on vacation or mission trips, and saw the need to help children learn good character skills at an early age. I wanted to create a way to reward them for their efforts by using the local business community to help promote good behavior with "Certificates of Awesomeness" that can be redeemed for food or prizes. Thus prompting the phrase, "Learn while you earn!" Most of the characters created have some type of personal affiliation with me and helped inspire these lessons.

This page will help keep you informed of the progress of Surfari Pals while providing updates and promotions of this endeavor. If you have children...know children...have ever been a child in your life or know anyone else that knows or loves children, then this is definitely for you! Please help pass this along to those whom you feel could benefit from such a program. You'll be glad you did!

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