Camp. So much to discover!

Long hot summer days, a dip in the lake, star-filled nights, camp fires, roasted marshmallows, pillow fights, cabin devotions, emblem work, seeing old friends, making new ones. Expanding horizons and creating memories.

The variety of camps is amazing, but they all provide a gorgeous setting, a caring environment and activities that enrich life.

That's what camp is about. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the value of camping. It has witnessed the difference it can make in people's lives. For an underprivileged child who's only known city concrete, the blare of car horns and whirl of mass transit, it opens a whole new world. For a single mother it represents a cherished respite and bonding time with her children. For older adults camp symbolizes independence, a trip down memory lane and desperately needed companionship.

A Variety of Activities

There are camps where kids learn the basics of playing a horn and camps where advanced musicians refine their craft. Teen camps feature organized sports, interesting programs and classes addressing life issues to help them navigate through challenging years. Children who participate in The Salvation Army's character-building ministries in their own hometowns come to camp to learn new skills and increase their knowledge while having fun earning emblems.

A few camps are highly specialized and deal with unique and sensitive situations. For instance, a camp called C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) Camp is planned for surviving children (ages 6-14 and their parent/guardian) of fallen law enforcement heroes who died in the line of duty. There are many short-term camps for those who are in Salvation Army rehabilitation programs working at overcoming their addictions. In these places of quiet and beauty, they engage in honest reflection and many experience a spiritual rebirth that helps give them the strength they need to start over.

Army Lake Camp

Army Lake Camp consists of over 240 acres of thick woodlands and manicured grounds that feature a magnificent spring-fed lake and an array of state-of-the-art facilities. Only 40 minutes from Mitchell airport, 1-1/2 hour from Madison airport & 2 hours from O'hare airport, yet completely out of the way and serene, Army Lake Camp offers the perfect environment to relax, enjoy, learn and celebrate.

We take pride in coordinating top-quality, affordable group events and functions. Each year more than 5,000 guests visit Army Lake Camp & Retreat Center. Army Lake Camp services and facilities offer a wide range of options for those seeking a weekend or full week get-away, for corporate events, trainings, senior class trips, conferences, meetings, picnics, retreats, family reunions, weddings, banquets and a variety of overnight accommodations for up to 425 guests.

As in all of its programs, The Salvation Army views camping holistically, a ministry that addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people. After camp The Salvation Army continues its care for individuals and families at the local level primarily through its corps community centers. 

When you donate to The Salvation Army, $500 provides a summer camp experience for 10 children, $1,000 provides a summer camp experience for 20 children and $5,000 provides a summer camp experience for 100 children. Donate today to send children of all ages to camp this year.

To learn more about Army Lake Camp, click here.