Three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel brings EMERGE Youth Life Skills Summer Camp to Rhode Island

The EMERGE experience will inspire young minds to step into their actual being and unlock potential.

(Warwick, RI)-May 10 Rhode Island’s two-time Olympic Medalist, Elizabeth Beisel and RAW Elements USA Founder, Brian Guadagno, create Emerge Youth Life Skills Camps (Emerge) in partnership with the City of Warwick, Save The Bay and are supported by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), Narragansett Indian Tribe and University Orthopedics. Emerge Camps creates an opportunity for youth aged 10-14 to disconnect digitally through an immersive five-day summer camp experience. The camp has two sessions in August providing participants with multiple opportunities to benefit from unique educational experiences which are building blocks for life. The program is curated around safety training experiences, including CPR, First Aid, drowning prevention, as well as, self-confidence, team building, yoga, meditation, overall wellness, physical activity and re-wilding in nature. Locations for these week-long camps will be McDermott Pool, The Event Factory, and Rocky Point State Park, all in Warwick, RI, where each day of the camp will be hosted at one of those locations. The Re-Wilding Day at Rocky Point will include an Indigenous People’s experience led by The Narragansett Indian tribe and environmental experiences led by Save The Bay and RIDEM’s educational program. 

beisel leading swim camp
Photo by Mike Lewis

“I am excited to welcome Emerge Youth Camps to our great city. As a father and grandfather, I know firsthand just how valuable camps are to our children as they navigate their way through their early years.”, says the Mayor of Warwick, Frank Picozzi. “The fact we can showcase areas 

of Warwick this summer is a win-win, and we can’t wait for Emerge Youth Camps to be a staple in our city and the state of Rhode Island for years to come.” 

There will be two Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm camp session dates: August 7-11th and August 14-18th, 2023, for a fee of $499, including meals. Interested parents can register at 

Elizabeth Beisel is a remarkable athlete and philanthropist from Rhode Island, having competed in three Olympic games and earned two Olympic medals for her swimming talents. In recent years, Elizabeth has focused her efforts on advocating for swimming as a life-saving skill accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic background. She has conducted over 500 swimming clinics nationwide, working with children of varying abilities, from learn-to swim programs to elite high school athletes. She continues to spread this important message through her work with USA Swimming.

beisel swimming
Photo by Mike Lewis

“The concept of Emerge Camps is something, I know, I would have dreamt of attending as a child growing up in Rhode Island”, says three-time Olympian, Elizabeth Beisel. “Now, that dream is a reality for today’s youth thanks to the incredible team we have assembled at Emerge. I am beyond excited to introduce campers to lifesaving skills in and around the water, tools to strengthen their mind body connection, and the courage to have confidence in themselves.” 

Brian Guadagno, co-founder of Emerge, brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, youth mentorship, and team building to the program. As the founder of RAW Elements USA, Narragansett Beach Lifeguard Captain, and RI Public Sunscreen Program Founder, Brian is experienced and committed to promoting health and safety in recreation. “This is such a beautiful initiative to support, empower and inspire our youth through educators and teams who have so much passion to share positivity and knowledge. We cannot be more grateful to our coalition of partners, Mayor Piccozzi & City of Warwick, RI State Parks/DEM, The Event Factory, Save The Bay, Narragansett Indian Tribe and University Orthopedics for bringing these experiences to life for our young campers.” Says Guadagno. 

Together, Elizabeth and Brian have assembled a leadership team of teachers and experts who passionately dedicate their careers to inspiring young people to step into their true being and unlock their full potential. Emerge Program Director, Mark Kiely, brings a wealth of experience coaching youth and collegiate swimmers and has dedicated his career to high quality coaching, character building and bringing life skills to his athletes. Hugo Adames, Emerge Program Producer, is a youth performing arts specialist. Hugo is the co-founder of The Talent Factory where he inspires students to flourish not only as artists but as young adults. Coach Kiely and Hugo have curated experiences and tools for campers to become confident, self-aware leaders while cultivating their understanding of how to become world-class citizens. 

“A summer camp is an immersive outdoor experience that develops children’s and teens’ skills, promotes  independence, helps campers learn about teamwork and problem-solving, improves creativity, instills confidence,  encourages new friendships, and maybe as much as anything else, disconnects our kids from their screens and  connects them with nature,” says RIDEM Director Terry Gray. “For these reasons, our agency is proud to support  Emerge Youth Life Skills Camps and welcome campers to beautiful Rocky Point State Park in August.” 

Emerge is looking forward to a successful launch of their youth life skills camp and are excited to see their program’s positive impact on the youth of Rhode Island. For more information on Emerge, email or visit 


About Emerge 

Co-founded by Rhode Island’s three-time olympian and two-time medalist, Elizabeth Beisel, and RAW Elements USA founder, Brian Guadagno, Emerge Camps was created to educate and empower the next generation, our children. With interpersonal proficiency at an all-time low due to the stronghold social media has on our youth, Emerge focuses on developing leadership qualities, self-confidence, situational awareness, and connection through safety training, drowning prevention, yoga and meditation, mental health, wellness exercises, and re-wilding in nature. Emerge is committed to have every young person leave feeling empowered and ready to emerge from their potential within.