For so many children in the Hampton Roads community, summer is spent inside, in front of the TV, playing video games or using electronic devices. The Salvation Army Camp Happyland provides an opportunity for educational, emotional, spiritual and physical enrichment in a fun, safe, faith based environment.
Between preparing children for the school year during the Write Stuff campaign and providing gifts to those in need during Christmas through the Angel Tree program, The Salvation Army served more than 23,000 at-risk children in Hampton Roads in 2014.
The Salvation Army Summer Camps allow Hampton Roads children to attend a week-long camp where they play sports, swim, explore the outdoors and make crafts. Beyond the recreation, with the help of trained counselors, they learn how to live together with a diverse group of neighbors and learn how to address and overcome challenge in their daily lives.
Camps offered through The Salvation Army begin the week of June 22 and conclude the week of July 27. Each camp costs a total of $200 per child; however, through the support of generous individuals, families need only pay $50 to send their child to camp. If you are interested in having your child attend Camp Happyland, please contact Stacey Adkins by phone at (757)622-5762 ext.64334 or by email.
For those residents who live in the Portsmouth area or Chesapeake zip codes 23221 and 23223, please contact Captain Stephanie Blevins at (757)393-2519. Summer Camp applications will be taken through June 10, 2015 for those children in grades 1st-5th. For those who wish to sponsor a child please contact Captain Stephanie Blevins as well.
Summer Camp Schedule
|Dates||Camp||Who Can Attend|
|June 6-11||Junior Soldier Camp||Jr Soldiers & Prospectives|
|June 22-29||Music Camp||Boys & Girls Ages 8-18 who attend corps music programs|
|July 27-31||Community Camp||Boys & Girls Ages 6-12 (must have completed 1st grade)|
|July 20-25||Sunbeam Camp||Sunbeams (girls) Grades 1-5|
|July 6-11||Older Boys Camp||Boys Grades 9-12|
|July 23-28||Girl Guard Camp||Girl Guards Grades 6-12|
|July 20-25||Rangers||Ranger Boys Grades 6-8|
|June 25-July 21||Music Conservatory||Boys & Girls Ages 12-17|
Support Summer Camp
If you are interested in sponsoring a child at summer camp, please call The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command at (757) 543-8100 or click here to donate online (please type ‘summer camp’ in the Specific Use field).
Camp Happyland is an American Camping Association accredited facility located in Richardsville, Virginia on 215 acres of rolling hills including woods, a lake, sports field, trails, cabins and a worship center.