Located about two hours south of Washington, D.C. in Richardsville, Virginia, Camp Happyland is a summer destination for more than 1,000 youth from communities that the Salvation Army serves in the Washington, D.C. metro area and Virginia. From sun up to sundown, campers are learning more about themselves and God’s creation, while meeting and interacting with kids their age. Camp Happyland provides three nutritious meals daily, hydration (water) breaks, and snacks. The program is accredited by the American Camping Association and participates in the USDA summer nutrition program.
From music, performing arts, recreational and outdoor experiences to spiritual formations, the goal of Camp Happyland is all-inclusive ministry that strengthens the body, soul, and mind. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the value of camping and has witnessed the difference it can make in people’s lives. For an underprivileged child who’s only known city concrete, the blare of car horns and whirl of mass transit, it opens up an entirely new world.
In 2017, the traditional camp program consists of one-week programs for school-age children from June 26 – August 5.
Summer Camp Schedule
|Dates||Camp||Who Can Attend|
|June 18-23||MusiCamp *Requires Corps Officer Approval before registering*||Boys & Girls Ages 8-17|
|June 26-July 21||
Music Conservatory *Requires Corps Officer Approval before registering*
|Boys & Girls Ages 12-17|
|June 25-30||Community Camp 1||Boys & Girls Ages 6-12|
|July 2-7||Community Camp 2/Teen Boys *Boys 12-17 will be shown preference||Boys Ages 6-17, Girls Ages 6-12|
|July 2-9||Leadership Trek||Boys & Girl Ages 14-17|
|July 9-14||Discovery Kids/Jr. Soldiers||Boys & Girls *Rising 1st-5th graders|
|July 16-21||Community Camp 3/Teen Girls *Girls 12-17 will be shown preference||Girl Ages 6-17, Boys Ages 6-12|
|July 23-28||Victory Sports Camp||Boys & Girls Ages 10-17|
This ACA accredited* camp offers swimming, hiking, outdoor skills training, crafts, and much more. Friendships and memories from summer camp last a lifetime.