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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 26 – July 1 MusiCamp *Requires Corps Officer Approval before registering* Ages 8 – 17
July 1 -22 Music Conservatory *Requires Corps Officer Approval before registering* Boys & Girls Ages 12-17
July 3-8 Metro Kids Camp for D.C., Richmond, Norfolk Boys & Girls Ages 6-12
July 10-15 Community Camp Ages 6-12
July 10-15 Service Unit Camp Ages 6-12
July 17-22 Discovery Kids/Jr. Soldiers Ages 6-12
July 24-29 Community Camp 2 Ages 6-12
July 24 – August 5 Leadership Trek Ages 14-17
July 31 – August 5 Victory Sports Camp Ages 8 -16
July 31 – August 5 Teen Camp Ages 13-17

Contact Info

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Capt. Jimmy Taylor
202.756.2607 Email Cpt. Taylor

Camp Registration
Dominique Sanders
202.756.2607 Email Dominique Sanders


This ACA accredited* camp offers swimming, hiking, outdoor skills training, crafts, and much more. Friendships and memories from summer camp last a lifetime.

 ACA Accredited* American Camping Association accreditation assures parents that camp practices have been measured against national standards and go a step beyond a states basic licensing requirements.