The Salvation Army camping program is divided into two types of camps designed to meet the specific needs of each population group it serves.

Community Service Camps are operated for the benefit of children who are referred by social service agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. Children who visit our camps generally come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds, and in many cases, from unhealthy family or neighborhood environments. The Salvation Army camps provide kids an opportunity be in a positive environment for the summer to grow, learn, and be encouraged while striving to meet their spiritual, social, recreational and educational needs as appropriate.

Salvation Army Camps are operated for members of youth groups sponsored by The Salvation Army. The spiritual, social, recreational and educational needs of these campers are met through such Salvation Army ministry programs as Girl Guard and Sunbeam Camp, Boys Adventure Corps Camp, Music Conservatory, and Teen Boys and Girls Sports Camp.

Depending upon the camper’s length of stay, type of camp, age, and physical ability each camper will:

Be challenged to explore, grow in, and act on his/her
Christian faith: Examples include – daily prayer, participation in age-appropriate Bible studies, participation in worship experiences (such as morning devotions, evening vespers, praise and worship services) and teachable moments.

Explore and experience what it means to live in a
Christ-centered community: Examples include – Experiencing an emotionally and physically safe environment, participation in the daily decision making
process, engagement in group building activities, and affirmation in the Christ-like gifts of others and be affirmed for his/her gifts.

Learn to appreciate and care for God’s creation:
Examples include – Taking part in nature awareness/education opportunities, participation in Bible studies relating to taking responsibility for the environment, visiting and working in the camp nature center, and craft projects.

Practice and be taught servant leadership and
explore to develop positive leadership traits: Examples include – Taking responsibility for keeping his/her living area clean, taking part in opportunities to serve, participation in Bible studies relating to leadership and service, and taking part in leadership opportunities.

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Camp Hidden Lake
626 Oregon Road
Lexington, MS 39095
(662) 834-2149
Camp Paradise Valley
1881 Salvation Army Camp Road
Burkesville, KY 42717
(270) 433-6733
Camp Happyland
21457 Happyland Drive
Richardsville, VA 22736
FAX: (540) 399-1179
Camp Heart O’Hills
23125 E Salvation Road
Welling, Ok 74471
(918) 456-9882
Camp Tomahawk
64 Boy Scout Road
Hedgesville, WV 25427
(304) 754-3849
Camp Walter Johnson
918 Walter Johnson Road
Denton, NC 27239
(336) 859-2105
FAX: (336) 859-2912
Camp Keystone
6581 SE 9th Avenue
Starke, FL 32091
(352) 473-3258
FAX: (352) 473-9879
Camp Hoblitzelle
8060 Singleton Road
Midlothian, TX 76065
(972) 723-2387
FAX: (972) 723-3124
Camp Grandview
32 Camp Grandview Circle
Jasper, GA 30143
(706) 692-5011
FAX: (706) 692-2616
Camp Happy Valley
167 Fletcher Road
Scott Depot, WV 25560
(304) 727-7981
The earliest recorded camp program operated by The Salvation Army was conducted for Corps Cadets by Bramwell Booth.
During subsequent years The Salvation Army developed an extensive program of “poor children’s picnics” whereby large numbers of underprivileged youngsters from city streets were given a day in the country.
Eventually, housing was arranged to a week or ten days, with dual purpose of providing a Christian witness and of physically building up the children through good food and abundant fresh air.
Each child was regularly weighed at time of arrival and again at departure with the success of the program gauged largely on the poundage gained.
The years have brought a greater appreciation on the part of The Salvation Army for the inherent values in a good camping program.
Camping at its best is an educational process in which the camper may find a new understanding of God and His creation.
The natural outdoor locale provides an ideal setting for the guiding of young hearts and minds towards spiritual values.
The Salvation Army provides a great variety of camping experiences in widely different settings. It must be remembered, however, that all Salvation Army camping is an expression of the deeply rooted spiritual motivation which undergirds all Salvation Army service.
From the beginning, there has been a dual development in camping: the community service type of operation which character-building and good citizenship in a Christian atmosphere are emphasized, and the more intensely evangelical camp program for The Salvation Army.
The overall purpose of all Salvation Army camping programs should be to serve the total person. This should include provision for spiritual, educational, social, and recreational needs through a creative, healthful experience in cooperative group living in an outdoor setting.
Because of its spiritual emphasis, The Salvation Army camping program should provide a positive difference in the life of the camper. This emphasis should be expressed as an integral part of all activity; it must be, in fact, a part of the total environment and atmosphere, rather than a separate purpose implemented only by a few specific program items. The spiritual emphasis should set the tone of the entire camp program.
The out-of-doors opens up new areas of expression which can be turned into growth experiences that lead to new skills and spiritual awareness. New abilities, new relationships and new understanding can be developed when the potentials inherent in the camp milieu are utilized to the fullest extent.
In the camping situation there are a wide range of emotional, psychological, physical, social, and spiritual needs which can be met. Such needs may include a sense of belonging, recognition, acceptance, love and understanding, security, achievement, self-understanding, self-expression, ability to get along with others, integrity, a personal value system, appreciation of solitude, spiritual awareness and a purpose in life.
The Salvation Army’s camping objectives may be stated in the following terms:

  • To provide an opportunity for the unique experience possible in camping– the opportunity for the individual to live in a group setting, surrounded by nature, and dependent on others in the group.
  • To stress the presence of God in day-to-day living.
  • To provide opportunity for creative expression in an outdoor setting.
  • To provide fellowship and fun, and to meet the natural hunger for adventure.
  • To develop social responsibility.
  • To provide opportunity for learning new skills and sharpening old ones.