Camp HOPE is a camping and mentoring experience that provides children living with domestic violence and trauma a pathway to hope through team building, values-based programming, and high adventure, challenge-by-choice activities. The first evidence-based initiative of its kind, Camp HOPE began in 2003 under the San Diego Family Justice Center and has expanded to 34 sites across the country to communities operating Family Justice Centers. Guilford County, a proud affiliate of Camp HOPE America, was selected as the first Camp HOPE North Carolina program in 2017.
Campers who participate in Camp HOPE engage with their fellow campers, volunteer camp counselors during a week-long overnight summer camp experience and continue activities and programming throughout the year. It is our shared goal to create experiences for all participants that increase hope, resilience, and change destinies.
Check out this short video clip to learn more about this transformational initiative.
Camp HOPE America Official Video.
If you have any additional questions including how you can become involved with this life-changing program or to refer a child for Camp HOPE 2018, please contact us by email at: CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov
Be a HOPE Giver and Sponsor a Child for Camp HOPE 2018
Camp HOPE North Carolina was made possible through the funding support of the Weaver Foundation, Verizon, and community donors.
Camp is free to campers and their families. The cost to sponsor a child is $650 and donations at any level are appreciated.
Donations can be made online through our partner camp, Camp Weaver at: https://campweaver.org/CAMPHOPE/ or mailed directly to:
Guilford County FJC
201 S. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC 27407
Guilford County is a local government and as a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina, is an organization qualified to receive tax deductible contributions.
More About Camp HOPE America — North Carolina, Guilford County
The Guilford County Family Justice Center held our first Camp HOPE in August 2017 at Camp Weaver with tremendous results. Throughout the week campers, staff, and volunteers 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.
We are looking forward to this summer and are excited to announce dates and details for our 2018 program.
Dates: August 12 – 17, 2018
Where: Camp Weaver
Expected # of Campers: 48
Cost: Provided Free of Charge to Camper Families
Camp Counselor Volunteers for Camp HOPE America – North Carolina, Guilford County 2018
FJC Camp HOPE counselors have a tremendous impact on camper experiences and this opportunity is life-changing for both the camper and counselor. Partnering with Camp Weaver counselors, Camp HOPE counselors serve as champions for youth attendees and aid immensely in our goal to end the cycle of violence and change the destinies of youth exposed to trauma. Volunteers earn 125 hours of service learning credits through this experience. While our Camp Counselor Volunteer application process is now closed for 2018, let us know you’re interested in other opportunities to support Camp HOPE and the year of mentoring provided to camper participants by being in touch with us at CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov!
Here’s what 2017 Camp Counselor Volunteers had to say about their experience:
- “I am really thankful for Camp HOPE. All of the campers were amazing and they deserve all the love and care they can get. This was the best week of my summer and I can’t wait until next year!”
- “Since Camp HOPE, if anyone was to ask me about my experience I wouldn’t be able to stop talking about it because of how immensely it impacted me. Camp HOPE impacted me in ways I could have never imagined when I boarded the bus to camp in August. In the beginning, I was slightly apprehensive of what to expect but filled with curiosity and excitement. As soon as I met the girls in my cabin we were almost immediately friends, we all shared the same enthusiasm for camp and getting to know one another. These girls significantly impacted the person I am today, their strength and resilience are truly inspiring. I learned a lot about myself, including my strengths and weakness being around the campers for a week. The bond between the counselors and campers is truly a special and rare one. Camp HOPE leaves a lasting effect not only the campers lives but everyone around them. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to volunteer for an organization that is noticeably dedicated to further preventing domestic violence.”
- “Camp HOPE was amazing. By volunteering as a counselor for Camp Hope I was exposed to the trauma that many children go through in our community. It not only changed my life, but allowed me to have an impact on the lives of others as well.”
THANK YOU to our volunteer camp counselors who made Camp HOPE North Carolina 2017 a TON of fun. We could not have had such a great first year without you.
Camper Referrals for Camp HOPE America — North Carolina, Guilford County 2018
Our Camper Referral period for Camp HOPE 2018 has now closed! We are busy following up with partners and families as we extend invitations to join us for camp this August!
Due to limited space, we are not able to guarantee attendance for any child and nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Camper must be age 7 to 12 by August 1, 2018
- Camper must not be in immediate crisis and must have spent a minimum of three months out of immediate danger
- Camper must not be physically acting out (e.g. getting in fights, assaulting authority figures)
- Camper cannot have been involved with juvenile detention within the past year
- Camp cannot be court ordered; the camper and the parent must want to participate
If you know a child who meets the eligibility requirements and may benefit from this unique opportunity, please email us at campHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov.
What Happens After Camp?
Our time at summer camp is just the beginning! Following their six-day camp experience, all campers are invited to participate in a year-long engagement opportunity through the Family Justice Center that encourages children to build on the hope and skills they develop at camp.
Campers this year enjoyed ice skating, pizza parties, swimming lessons and pool time while having fun together with their new camp friends. We can’t wait to see what 2018’s programming brings!
These are the faces of HOPE. Check out our Camp HOPE Photo Gallery Below.