For over 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the restorative power of nature. The Salvation Army operates 45 residential summer camps and hundreds of day camps across the country. Each year more than 185,000 children and senior citizens enjoy the fresh air, exercise and new friendships at these annual summer camp programs.
The camping experience is more than just a pleasant vacation. Children learn new skills and self-reliance; trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them to mature. Camp activities include learning to swim, adventure and scouting camps, arts and crafts, music developments and sports. The Salvation Army offers affordable day and stay over camps for children ages 6-14. To find out how to enroll your children, contact your local camp directly. Below is a list with contact information for all Salvation Army camps.
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Long Point Camp
Star Lake Camp
Echo Grove Camp
Eagle Crest Camp
Hidden Falls Camp
Three Trails Camp
Gene Eppley Camp
Black Hills Camp
Little Pine Island Camp
Army Lake Camp
Camp Hidden Lake
Camp Heart O’Hills
Camp Walter Johnson
Camp Paradise Valley
Camp Ponderosa Ranch
Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen
Camp Del Oro
Camp Mt Crags and Gilmore
Camp Redwood Glen
Camp High Peak
Little Pine Island Camp
The Salvation Army offers great opportunities to be involved in ministry while earning money over the summer. Whether you are from America or overseas, here is all the information you will need. Working or volunteering at a Salvation Army camp means you will be working on the mission fields of North America. You will have awesome opportunities to share Christ with kids of all ages, sizes and colors and will make good friends all at the same time.
To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact the camp location directly.
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1. Arrange for your child to stay with a grandparent or friend for a night or two. This way, your son or daughter can experience what it is like to sleep somewhere new and different.
2. Make sure your child can manage basic personal hygiene such as brushing teeth, changing clothes and bathing. Bed wetting should not preclude a child from attendance at camp; however, the camp staff needs to be aware of the issue so that appropriate arrangements can be made and to ensure the camper's dignity is protected.
3. During the weeks leading up to camp, take time to share your own camp stories and memories with your child to build excitement and anticipation for camp. If possible, pull out old camp photos or scrapbooks for your kids to look at.
4. Do not schedule a significant family event while your child will be away at camp. No child wants to be abandoned at camp while mom, dad and the rest of the family go on a fun family vacation or have a special celebration.
5. Develop a checklist of items needed for camp (or get one from the camp) and work with your child to get everything together. Call the camp if there are items that you cannot secure for your camper. It is not necessary to buy a lot of new gear; most camps will have extra supplies or resources that will ensure that each camper arrives at his or her cabin with all the essentials to have a successful week at camp.
6. Mark the first day of camp on the family calendar. Together with your child, mark each day off and spend a time talking about what a great experience it will be.
7. Write your child a couple of letters and pack the sealed envelopes in their luggage a day or two before they leave for camp. Tell your son or daughter they can open them while they are away at camp. It's also equally important that you write a letter and send it through the mail. "Mail Call" is always a big event at camp and every child loves to get mail from home.
8. Pack paper, postcards and stamps so that your child can write to you.
9. Encourage your child to have a "backyard sleep out" by pitching a tent in your backyard. This will give your son or daughter the freedom to navigate through their feelings of anxiety, curiosity, and excitement within the safety and security of their own home. Also, consider going to the library and checking out a kid's book about summer camp and read it together by the light of your flashlight in the tent.
10. When you arrive with your child at camp, make a point of meeting and connecting with the camp staff so your child can see that you are interested in, and trust the people that will be caring for them.
Provided by Mr. Ed Covert, former Salvation Army's National Camp Liaison.