Parents want the best opportunities for their children, but for thousands of Canadians struggling to make ends meet, sending a child to summer camp is an extra expense they simply can’t afford.
"There's no way I could afford to send my kids to camp," says Tricia. “Salvation Army summer camp has been a godsend.” Despite having full-time employment Trish’s income doesn’t allow for extras like camp.
Every year, thousands of individuals and children from low-income families attend Salvation Army summer camps. From children’s camps to moms and tots camp to sports camps for teens, participants enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and gain confidence.
“The camping experience is more than a pleasant vacation,” says Captain Krista Andrews from The Salvation Army’s Newfoundland camping ministries. “We nurture the children in body, mind and soul. All are necessary steps on a child's path to a healthy, productive life.”
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Camp Benefits Teen with Autism
“Before camp, social interaction was a challenge for Nolan,” say his mother, Dale. ”He wanted to be part of the conversation but didn’t know how to go about doing it. At camp there are no worries and no judgements. He’s accepted for who he is, enjoys the connection he has with others and feels valued.
“At camp Nolan is learning life skills such as routine, concentration and independence. These will help his future success. That makes me happy.”