For so many children in the Hampton Roads community, summer is a time spent inside, in front of the TV and 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.
Through these donations, 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.
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.
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).
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.