Photo Essay: How Summer Camp Changes Lives

Posted on 25th July 2016, by jeffwong
Camp Kids learn how to canoe
Summer is here, and one place that gives vulnerable children the opportunity to have fun and learn life-long skills is Salvation Army camps. Click on any picture below to access the photo gallery and learn more about the positive impact that camp can have on a young life.  

Summer Camp Changes Lives

Posted on 11th July 2016, by
camp kids are bused to summer camps
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  […]

How Summer Camp Helped to Ease the Pain of Grief

Posted on 27th June 2016, by
Cassie (right) as a camp counsellor
The summer of 2015 was life-altering for 18-year-old Cassie Barrett. While working at camp, she learned of her mom’s passing. “Mom’s death was so hard and upsetting,” says Cassie. “She’d had cancer before and got better. She was only 44.” Cassie’s camping experiences began at age 10 when she attended a Salvation Army music camp.  […]

March Break Camp in Halifax Benefits Low-Income Kids

Posted on 14th March 2016, by
low-income kids enjoy fun activities at Salvation Army camp in Spryfield
It’s March break and, in a north-end neighbourhood of Halifax characterized by poverty, drugs and violence,  The Salvation Army’s Open Arms Program is giving kids a safe place to hang out and opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise get. “Our camp is more than about food and fun experiences such as a trampoline park or the indoor  […]

Why Work at Summer Camp?

Posted on 9th July 2015, by
Camp counsellor, Chris, does archery
Chris Noel, 23, is in his eighth summer of working at a Salvation Army camp.  “I went to a Salvation Army music camp near Belleville, Ont., from ages 10-14,” says Chris. “I would always watch the maintenance crew on the ATV. My dream wasn’t to work as maintenance, but to drive the ATV because it  […]

When School is Out, Salvation Army Steps In

Posted on 26th June 2015, by
vulnerable youth climb at Jacksons point camps
Toronto ON, June 25, 2015 – Summer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life. “Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need,” says Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries. “Campers often come from  […]

How Summer Camp Changes Lives

Posted on 22nd June 2015, by
2 boys are friends at Jacksons point camp
With summer just around the corner, Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children the time of their life. recently spoke with Captain Rick Zelinsky, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries, to get an overview of the many benefits that camping provides. What is the purpose of Salvation Army  […]

Salvation Army Makes the Most of March Break

Posted on 16th March 2015, by
March break camp in London, Ont., gives kids a chance to learn new skills
It’s March break and, across the country, Salvation Army March break camps are providing a wide-range of activities and adventures for kids that will not only create lasting memories, but give them an opportunity to grow socially, meet new friends and learn new skills. In London, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Westminster Park Community Church is  […]

Kids Flourish at Camp Scotian Glen

Posted on 11th August 2014, by
At Salvation Army camp kids smile a lot, are relaxed and enjoy plenty of laughter
During the week of July 7 – 13, 2014, close to 100 children, ages seven to 12, travelled from the Halifax area to Thorburn, N.S., where they bunked in cabins at The Salvation Army’s Scotian Glen Camp, located on the banks of the Sutherland’s River. At camp kids smile a lot, are relaxed and enjoy  […]