Some get lost in the woods. Others get found.
Salvation Army camps serve the total personal and spiritual needs of campers through a creative, healthful experience in an outdoor setting, while teaching them about the love of Christ. The spiritual aspect is expressed as an integral part of all activities, becoming a part of the total environment and atmosphere. The spiritual emphasis and the positive environment are at the heart of what we do.
During camp, cabin groups learn about ecology along with local flora and fauna. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy campfires and go hiking in the woods. Campers go home with a better understanding of how to live in this land and how to preserve the wonderful gift of nature that God has given us.
Camp is filled from morning to night with fun and exciting activities. Choose one just for fun, or learn new skills!
Fun things to do include: Swimming in the lake or pool, boating/canoeing/kayaking, arts & crafts, nature hikes, music/singing/cabin skits/drama, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, challenge course, environmental education, and outdoor living skills.
Each cabin group is age specific, but children come from a variety of backgrounds, countryside and cities. Usually campers want to be with their old friends who also come to the same camp, but the new friends they meet in their cabin group can become very special to them.
Most of the cabins are Adirondack style; one side of the cabin opens onto a large deck. Other cabins are enclosed with screens on window openings. The beds are bunk style beds with foam mattresses. There are 8-10 campers per cabin and two staff members per cabin. Every set of three cabins has its own bathroom/shower house.
Every cabin has a counselor and an assistant and each cabin has a lead counselor to assist through the camp schedule.
Preparing Your Child for Camp
Whether this is your child's first visit to Camp or they are a veteran camper, the experience can be an adventure and a memory of a lifetime. Any trip away from home can be a little scary for a child. Below are a few suggestions that may help get your child ready for Camp.
Talk about the activities they will be doing at Camp: swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, fishing, boating, and sleeping out. Let them know that there are adults who will be watching over them and directing them through the activities.
Decide what to pack. Go through the list of clothing suggestions and get them ready together. Make sure they have sneakers and socks. For the younger child it is a good idea to pack each day?s clothing together in a group so that they know what to wear.
Prepare the postage. Send stamped and addressed postcards with them so they can write home right away.
Sidestep the separation. Focus on the stories they will be able to tell when they arrive home. Do not suggest to your child that he/she can call home if they get homesick. Telephones are not available for campers. In the event of homesickness, our staff will handle the situation. Usually, the child is over any homesickness after the first day.
Send a letter. Everyone likes to get mail. It makes them feel important. Mail it even before your child leaves home.
Celebrate the homecoming. Plan a special dinner for the evening he/she returns and make a welcome home sign.
What to Bring to Camp
- Sleeping bag/pillow (extra blankets if they might need)
- Clothing to have enough for 7 days (socks, shorts, long pants, jacket, undergarments, pajamas, shoes and/or boots)
- Towels & swimsuit
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant
- Current medications
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Instrument, if you are attending music camp
What Not to Bring
Please do not send your child to camp with valuables. (We are not responsible for any lost, damaged or missing items.)
- Electronics, including: cell phones, I-pods, video games, DVD players, laptop computers, etc.
- Tobacco, alchohol, illegal drugs or weapons
Appropriate clothing: That would seem to go without saying at a Christian camp. But, based on experience, we'll say it anyway! We need you to act like a hero and a leader, considering others!
Here's what we need (and will require):
- Nothing suggestive at all.
- Nothing offensive, with languages or images that are questionable.
- Definition of "questionable": suggests alcohol, tobacco, promiscuity, or any lifestyle that doesn't agree with a Christian hero's values.
- Also unacceptable: any slogans or wording that advocates a lifestyle that falls short of Christian holiness.
- Shorts are okay. Very short shorts, for either girls or guys, are not. We've figured out a way to measure "too short": something shorter than the length of your finger-tips. (If you've got super-long arms, you're outta luck!)
- "Barely there" clothing - i.e., exposing the stomach, showing cleavage, or TIGHT clothing, including Spandex and leggings.
- Strapless clothing. Sorry - we don't do string or spaghetti straps, or Racerback shirts. Here's the rule: Straps need to be wider than two fingers side-by-side. (Word to wise, for minimalists - some camp officials could have really fat fingers!)
- Speedos or bikini briefs. (Of course.)
- Bra-less attire. (What WERE they thinking?!)
- Pajamas in public. (Grow up, dude.)
- Gang-related paraphernalia (and that's our call).
- ANY clothing which leaves your underwear exposed.