What does camp shirts, towels, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlights, and bibles have in common? The Salvation Army Memphis Summer Camp Program.
For years, our beloved city has hovered at or near the top of many national poverty rankings. That directly affects the most vulnerable children in our community, leaving them exposed to drugs, prostitution, gangs and more.
If you are a child trapped into the cycle of generational poverty, your chances to attend a summer camp are zero, and that breaks our hearts.
Provides an opportunity for our campers, ages 7 to 17, to get outside of the city breathe some fresh air and embark on a trail to self-discovery. Throughout their stay, campers get to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Campers can experience sports, small-scale farming, wildlife, rock wall climbing, music, art, and archery. Of course, Dale Hollow Lake provides a multitude of opportunities for our campers to get up close and personal with nature! Boating, fishing, and hiking are all on the agenda for our campers.
Campers also have an option to become “seekers” who have decided to change their life through a personal relationship with God.
Did you know that the equivalent of one month of a child’s overall learning is lost over the summer break? It takes 6-weeks of review by teachers in the new year to get a class back to where it was in May. Did you know that it takes as little as two to three hours a week to prevent this loss, and start our campers back to school better prepared than ever before? So not only will our kids be playing sports, creating music and art, but they will be learning skills needed to prepare them for their next school year through daily offerings of interactive education, technology, and computer skills.
Good food, fun counselors, and the experience to try new things are what make camp memorable for children like Jahnae. The first summer, being a girl from the city, she didn’t think Camp Paradise Valley on Dale Hollow Lake would be something she would like, but she decided to give it a try. Jahnae signed up for the outdoor path at camp and soon realized that it wasn’t at all what she expected — having to catch frogs and learn about their life cycle and ecosystem…gross! The most important thing to come from her camp experience was what the staff taught her about herself. Jahnae says “They taught me I shouldn’t be afraid of what I believe in, and that I am going to be a successful person.”
We need you to partner with us to ensure that 100 more children, just like Jahnae, have the chance to chase frogs. The opportunity to shoot a straight arrow. Learn a new skill in the Arts. But most importantly, a chance to have someone tell them to hold firm to their beliefs, and they can succeed. Your donation will help create a summer full of memories and experiences for a single child. Memories and experiences that someone like Jahnae will hold on to as they grow will draw on when things seem harsh and will see them through into adulthood. Can you do that for Jahnae and her friends?