For the neediest children in Hampton Roads, the simple joys of a childhood summer may seem unattainable. These at-risk children will spend their summer wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids — many of them bad influences — a recipe for trouble.

The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid such an outcome for their children. Last year in the United States, thousands of children attended some 48 Salvation Army residential camps.

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 30,000 at-risk children in Hampton Roads in 2011.

Through these donations, underprivileged Hampton Roads children 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, dealing with the troubling issues and concerns that challenge them in their daily lives.

Summer Camps

Camps offered through The Salvation Army begin the week of June 20 and conclude the week of July 23. Each camp costs a total of $175 per child; however, through the support of generous individuals, families need only pay $25 to send their child to camp.

Those interested in sponsoring a child at summer camps are asked to call The Salvation Army at (757) 543-8100 or click here to donate online (please type ‘summer camp’ in the Specific Use field).

Summer Camps


Camp Happyland is an American Camping Association accredited facility located in Richardsville, Virginia on 215 acres of rolling hills including woods, a lake, practice field, trails, cabins and a spiritual center.