“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 have been cancelled this summer. Please keep reading below to learn about our exciting plans to bring fun to our campers at home with Camp2U!
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
Volunteer with Camp Hope
Due to COVID-19, our overnight camp sessions have been cancelled. Our team has been working for weeks, in anticipation of this possible outcome, to design revised, meaningful summer programming that will allow us to continue toward our essential mission of providing stability, opportunity, and a Christian community. Click below for highlights of our plans for this fall:
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.
Camp Hope and C2C Program Dates
We will update our 2020 activities for Camp Hope and Camper2Counselors calendars below, as soon as plans are finalized!