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Long hot summer days, a dip in the pool, star-filled nights, camp fires, roasted marshmallows, pillow fights, cabin devotions, seeing old friends, making new ones. Expanding horizons and creating memories.
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.
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.
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.
The variety of camps is amazing, but they all provide a gorgeous setting, a caring environment, and activities that enrich life. Whether learning to swim, baiting a hook for the first time or discovering new wonders while hiking a nature trail, learning is a big part of the camp experience.
Along the way, many learn something even more wonderful. They learn about themselves and how very special they are. And in the process, they gain self-confidence, enthusiasm, and courage. They also learn about the community. They begin to understand the importance of working together for a common good, pulling together for something bigger than themselves. And they learn about God and the difference He can make in their lives and in their world.
INTERESTED IN REGISTERING FOR CAMP? Reach out to your closest Salvation Army corps community center to register for our summer session kids, family, and senior camps.