By: Catherine Johnson
The Guilford County Family Justice Center hosted its first Camp Hope in August. Twenty-eight children ranging in age from 7-11 participated in a week of programming and adventure at Camp Weaver, located just outside of Greensboro. This six day, 5-night camp included traditional camp activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, and ropes cores combined with curriculum designed to help campers process and overcome trauma.
The Guilford County FJC was selected by the National FJC Alliance and Camp HOPE America as one of two locations in the southeast region of the country to provide Camp HOPE. Camp HOPE is the only evidence based camping and mentoring program specially designed for children impacted by domestic violence. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from Verizon and the Weaver Foundation.
The first Camp HOPE was a tremendous success! Campers, volunteers, and FJC staff alike experienced the transformational power of hope that is fostered when children who have experienced trauma can be in relationship with one another and learn new pathways for healing. Through Camp HOPE, participants gained new skills and built emotional resources and supports that will last a lifetime. It was simply wonderful.
Plans for next summer are already underway as we are excited to see the lasting impact this program will have in Guilford County.
For more information, contact Catherine Johnson, FJC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.