Camping We Will Go

The first official day of summer is only 1 week away, and most schools have either dismissed for the year or are getting ready to. For students, this means nearly 3 amazing months to play, explore, and just be a kid!

There’s nothing that greater epitomizes the summer experience as camp.   Last year, more than 180,500 kids explored the outdoors, participated in sports, created arts & crafts, played music, learned about the Bible and more at our Salvation Army summer camps and day camps across the country.

Many camps are already enrolling. You can find summer camp locations and learn more about enrolling your child by visiting our national website’s program page here. You can also contact your local Salvation Army (search by zip code here) or get information about day camp programs by contacting a Kroc Center near you.

If you don’t have kids, you can help provide a camp scholarship to a child in need by donating to your local Salvation Army. In the article “Summer Camp Memories” published in the June 11 War Cry, contributor Laurie Miller fondly recounts The Salvation Army’s Camp Arnold at Timberlake in Eatonville, Washington, which she described as her “home away from home for seven summers” when she was growing up.

After explaining that many of her fellow campers came from broken homes and abusive family situations, Laurie writes:

For years, I thought camp was just a free vacation I deserved as a child. Later, when I learned a fee was involved, I wondered how my mom could afford to send me each year. Not until I was an adult in my 20s did I realize that a woman from our church had sponsored us to go every year. I’m not sure she ever really knew how much going to Camp Arnold truly meant to me.

As Laurie shows us, the experiences of a summer can impact the rest of a camper’s life. Whether you send your own child to camp or help to send someone else’s, consider how you can help The Salvation Army make a difference in a young person’s life this summer.

For more information about how The Salvation Army serves approximately 30 million Americans in need every year, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

8 Comments on “Camping We Will Go

  1. How would one volunteer to help at the summer camp for the children?

  2. @Cayla, I would suggest reaching out to your local Salvation Army who could give you more information or put you in contact with a summer camp. Visit our national website at and put your zip code into the ‘Locations’ field in the top right hand corner to find a Salvation Army near you. I hope it works out for you – volunteering at a camp and hanging out with the kids will be a lot of fun!

  3. Is it to late to get my kids signed up for a camp?

  4. @Shellyanne,
    Camps are hosted by The Salvation Army locally, so their schedules vary across the country. I’d suggest calling one in your local community to see what types of camp programs they are offering, and they’ll do their best to help you find programs that fit your needs and schedule.

  5. Last summer our local Salvation Army store helped my family with free back to school clothing. I am wondering if that is happening again this year? I liver near the Torrance store on Pacific Coast Hwy. Thank you.

  6. @Regina,
    Thanks for your comment. I would recommend contacting your local Salvation Army again to see if they are still providing this opportunity. Since that is a locally managed program, they will be better suited to provide you with that information. You can do a zip code search at for their contact information. Otherwise, if you can let me know what city and state you live in, I can forward your message along to the appropriate Salvation Army center. Thanks.

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