Want to give the gift of FUN to a child in need?

Looking back at grade school, no one took the month of May seriously. Four weeks of minimal work, warm weather and blissful anticipation for the best three months of the year always had my entire class fidgeting at their desks. I don’t care what you say, three months of summer vacation is the absolute best thing about being a kid. If only we could have appreciated it more back then!

Remember watching the sunset with a s’more in your hand by the fire after a long day of riding bikes, swimming in the lake and playing flashlight tag? If you went to summer camp as a kid, you can likely reflect fondly on the experience. That’s the classic summer fun that The Salvation Army‘s camps aim to provide for the kids of families who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to go.

By exploring the outdoors, playing sports, games, creating arts and crafts, playing and learning music and studying the Bible, these children have the chance to enjoy the richness of summer’s freedom in an environment that encourages learning, physical activities, and spiritual growth.

We really think fun is a basic need during those critical years of development and our summer and day camps provide just that. Last year, more than 189,000 kids went to camp with us because of the generosity of our supporters.  Many of them came from low-income or disadvantaged homes or from cities where the outdoors was a true escape from regular life. If you’d like to give this opportunity to a child in need this summer, please visit our donate page by clicking here.

Camps are already enrolling for the summer months. To find summer camp locations and learn more about enrolling your child, visit our national website’s page here. You can also inquire directly to your local unit to find out what they are offering. To find your closest unit, please enter your zip code on our home page here.

5 Comments on “Want to give the gift of FUN to a child in need?

  1. There has been no greater joy than to serve in the prison ministry with the Salvation Army. To watch the transformation of the lives of incarcerated men, women, and children is amazing. I can only imagine how William Booth felt when he was apart of Gods amazing work in prison ministry. Let us not forget that William Booth said “I’ll fight”; which could translate into so many things today. I will continue to fight I pray ypou will continue to fight along with me.

  2. Thank you for your note and support, Ernest. I agree. The simple words, “I’ll fight” are sufficient by themselves. They encompass all of the woes and needs of this world which we seek to address each day. Thank you for fighting along with us!

    This is to bring to ur notice,that there’s a lot of redical changes going to happen in south america,as innocent people are being converted into islam,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we have to do something to stop this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,before south america becomes like afganistan or pakistan,,,,,,,,,,because those are poor countries,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and also this places could be used as terrorist camps and training ground,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,to attact usa,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,usa should do something,before its too late,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Please spread the awareness,,,,,,,,praise the lord ,,,,,,,,,,,,allealuia


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    Islam Spreading Fast in South America (Pictures)

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    (Pictures) by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed

    As I was driven from the airport to the residence of my host, I saw Masjid after Masjid in almost every block. Adhan was echoing from loudspeakers and Muslims in beards and sisters in jilbab were seen heading towards the gates of these Masajids. Am I in India/Pakistan or the Middle East? Neither. I was in the continent of South America in the country of Guyana (north of Brazil) on a dawah trip. Muslim initially came to South America as slaves and later as indentured servants brought by the British from the villages of India in 1838. Muslims, unfortunately, lost their language of Urdu and they all now speak English.

    Muslims of Guyana conducts Islamic Awareness Week each year with Islam presentations in main cities, street corners, villages, campuses, and television. I had the honor of conducting about 24 presentations and 5 television shows in 6 days.I was in dawah paradise! People were very receptive and don’t hold many misconceptions about Islam unlike people of USA. During my presentations I emphasized on the oneness of Allah (swt) and how Islam can solve the various ills and bring peace and harmony to an individual and the society. After one of my presentation, the leader of the main opposition party of Guyana stood up and proclaimed: ‘I will from today follow the advice of your prophet (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him), in being moderate in eating.’ His proclamation came after I mentioned Islam’s solution to the problem of obesity. After each presentation I was inviting people to embrace Islam, Alhamdulillah, young and old, Hindus (yes 25% of the population are Hindu) and Christians used to get up in multitude, come to the front and proclaim shahada. Alhamdulillah, during that week, between three presenters (myself and two other brothers invited from Canada, Sh. Yaffa and Sh. Zia), more than 500 non-Muslims embraced Islam. During my entire trip I was reminded time and again the saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “This message (of Islam) will reach to wherever the night and day have reached. Allah shall not leave any home built by clay or stones or by animal skin(tent) except Allah will make this religion to enter it.”(Musnad Ahmad)

    Alhamdulillah, people entering Islam by 1000s each year is not unique to Guyana, same can be said of the countries of Surinam, Trinidad and other countries of south America and west Indies. South America is waiting for Islam, the world is waiting for Islam and when we offer them a venue to listen, study and understand Islam, it resonates in their hearts and minds and they feel compelled to enter Islam.

    Congratulations go to the Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) for conducting an excellent and successful Islamic Awareness week. May Allah (swt) accept all our endeavors and provide the guidance of Islam to humanity.aameen.

    Alhamdulillah, many outreach projects are being conducted right here in Chicago and several cities using buses, billboards, newspapers, house to house, online etc. To volunteers for these projects contact info@GainPeace.com.

    JazakAllahu khairan and wassalam,
    Dr.Sabeel Ahmed
    Islamic Circle of North America

    Truly,in remembering Allah do hearts find rest.
    (Quran, 13:28)

  4. I have a friend who is in need of school supplies and baby supplies. She has 2 girls, a boy and a little girl on the way. Her husband is working hard to I looked online for a Salvation Army near her. The closes one was 45 miles away. She lives in Ludowici, Georgia. Is there somewhere I can tell her to look for assistance?

  5. Hi, Christina,

    I would definitely recommend that you reach out to that Salvation Army location, even though it is a bit of a distance. They are likely also participating in different type of back-to-school programs. And, maybe they’d be willing to drive half way to your friend’s home. Either way, it’s worth calling about!

    Besides what we’re doing at SA, I’m afraid I don’t know of any other back-to-school initiatives with other organizations or churches. Perhaps you could reach out to area churches to find out if they’re helping in any way.

    Thanks so much for reaching out,

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