“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
We are sad to announce that Camp Hope overnight sessions were cancelled this summer. Please keep reading below to learn how we brought fun to our campers at home with Camp2U and how we will provide “Camp Hope” to families this Fall through our Fall Family Retreat!
It was a joy to connect with dozens of our campers and their families through our Camp2U program this summer. Many thanks to those who were able to help donate items for our Camp2U camp-in-a-box! We were able to provide lunch, a food box and fun camp activities to our families. And many thanks to the nine churches who hosted our Camp2U activities this summer: Refuge Church, New City Church-Fairburn, Powder Springs UMC, Decatur First UMC, McKendree UMC, Norcross First UMC, Jodeco Road UMC, Douglasville First UMC, and Mt. Bethel UMC.
Fall Family Retreat:
We have decided to consolidate our original two weekend plan and are now offering ONE retreat weekend in October. There is still space available for you and your family to have a safe and exciting weekend with our Camp Hope Family!
October 9-11, 2020
Where: Camp Twin Lakes – Rutledge, GA
Follow the link below for more details and to register
Volunteer with Camp Hope
We are looking for volunteers to serve as “Family Pals” throughout the weekend on our Fall Family Retreat. Volunteers will commit to attending the retreat (Friday-Sunday), where they will be paired with a Kidz2Leaders family throughout the weekend. Couples/Families are allowed to serve together. Volunteer details and responsibilities, as well as registration details, are listed in the document link below.
We will return to our normal Camp Hope format described below in 2021!
Camp Hope is a week-long, overnight summer camp that empowers children with the chance to build community, experience new opportunities, and find hope for their future. Camp Hope is the entry point into a decade of progressive programming that is specially designed to support children with an incarcerated parent. We offer two sessions of camp, serving over 175 children of inmates each summer, and we rely on over 250 volunteers to support these camp sessions. The ultimate goal of Camp Hope is to create teens who understand basic Biblical principles and utilize those principles in their daily living environments.
There are three levels of programming within Camp Hope:
- Cornerstone is for our campers between the ages of 8-12, and these campers learn the fundamental Christian principles of love, trust, forgiveness, and joy. Cornerstone also focuses on the development of healthy, supportive relationships between peers, and between campers and trustworthy teen and adult role models. Campers progress through the Cornerstone curriculum for three to four years before transitioning to the Leadership Training Academy.
- The Leadership Training Academy (LTA) is a three-year program within Camp Hope offered to youth between the ages of 12-15. LTA campers will continue to focus on basic Christian principles and will also be introduced to servant leadership skills. Once campers complete all three levels of the Leadership Training Academy, they officially become Camp Hope graduates and transition to our next phase of programming.
- The Camper2Counselor (C2C) program is for Camp Hope graduates that return to serve as a counselor during camp. They are invited to attend special events and retreats during the year to help them transition and learn more about what it means to serve others. During camp, these graduates volunteer their time to give back to Kidz2Leaders and their community by serving as a cabin counselor.
“’For I know the plans I have for you… plans to give you hope and future.’ Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture that will always be dear to my heart because it taught me never to give up knowing that better will always come. Allowing God to lead my life has got me where I am. Thank you, Camp Hope!” – Former Camper
Contact Ellen Cooper, Camp Hope Manager
Camp Hope and C2C Program Dates
We will update our 2021 activities for Camp Hope and Camper2Counselors calendars below, as soon as plans are finalized!