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Summer Camp: Fun, Friends, Escape.

July 11, 2017

As children, many of us looked forward to summer break with great excitement and anticipation for vacations and beach trips, camps, our favorite snacks and NO SCHOOL!!

But for some kids, summer is not a time to anticipate.
It brings instability: home life is tumultuous at best with absent parents and no connection with friends. It brings uncertainty: many wonder if there will be food on the table for their next meal. It brings insecurity: attention is not readily given, care not automatically provided, and love not frequently spoken.

So for these kids in our community, suffering from hunger, grieving from inattention, and fearing their unpredictable lifestyle- camp is more than a fun summer activity. It is a refuge.

Camp is an experience unlike many of them have ever had!! Ropes course, swimming EVERY DAY (and yes, that is almost every camper’s favorite part of camp!), 3 meals a day, yummy snacks, new activities and fun ways of learning. They grow and change, rest and play, learn and are loved.

And even better than all of that? These kids get to hear about a love so fierce that will always be with them- even when they return home. It is a privilege to share the love of Jesus with our sweet campers.

Finally, our camp offers a really neat experience- Music Conservatory. It is a 5-week camp that teaches music theory and different types of instruments. Kids can choose their majors and are even given the chance to be leaders one day and conduct their own worship service. Interested in learning more about the amazing opportunities offered these children in their schools, homes, and futures (think college scholarships) through this program?

Read our blog on Music Programs in NWA!

So thank you for supporting our kids in their adventures at camp- it is truly life-changing for them! Want to learn more about sponsoring a child?? Email shannon.drummond@uss.salvationarmy.org.

(**All pictures from this post are local Northwest Arkansas campers from summer 2017!)

Chance of a Lifetime

June 9, 2016

Ruben
Did you know that The Salvation Army has summer camps all over the nation? In fact, we staff and run nearly 48 camps across the country! Just like many summer camps, our kids get to experience the ropes course, songs by the campfire, activities and crafts!

But unlike many camps across the nation, our kiddos get these amazing experiences for only $35/child.

In general, the American Camp Association says that the average weekly cost of an overnight camp is $690. It could, however, cost as much as $2,000 a week.* Our campers are sent for $210 dollars/week, and the parents are asked to contribute $35 of that total for registration.

Rogers Group
This summer, we are thrilled to be sending 31 children to camp! Why send them to summer camp, you may ask? Here’s a few reasons why sending kids to camp, especially low-income children who may not otherwise have this opportunity, is valuable!**

  • Camp helps build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Camp is a safe environment
  • Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends
  • Camp can help kids increase in independence and show more leadership skill
  • Camp is a fun place to build friendships feel more socially comfortable

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These kiddos were so grateful for the chance to go to camp last summer. Will you consider sponsoring a child this year?

Full Sponsorship– $210 (covers one week of camp for one child)
Partial Sponsorship– $100 (covers parent registration and some camp costs for one child)
Registration Sponsorship– $35 (covers the parent registration fee for one child)

To give DONATE HERE and specify that you are sponsoring a child in Northwest Arkansas for camp. Or give us a call 479-521-2151!

Christopher
*Camp Cost Statistics
**The Value of Camp