The Family Support Center of South Sound launched Washington State’s first Camp HOPE in August 2017, serving more than 50 children and youth impacted by domestic
violence and trauma. It was possible because of the amazing community in Olympia and beyond.
Camp HOPE Washington is one of 12 Camp HOPE’s in the nation, and is affiliated with Camp HOPE America.
Campers who attended Camp HOPE Washington will continue to engage with their fellow campers, camp counselors, and staff of the Family Support Center over the next year, participating in hope building activities.
The Family Support Center of South Sound was awarded the opportunity to develop and establish Washington State’s first Camp HOPE as an affiliated site of Camp HOPE America. Camp HOPE Washington is set to launch in August, 2017 in partnership with 4H Camp at Panhandle Lake. Camp HOPE Washington will follow the curriculum set by Camp HOPE America, with activities and excursions created specifically to suit the Pacific Northwest.
This six-day overnight camp will be available to two age groups, one week for youth ages 7-11 and a second week for 12-17 year olds. The Family Support Center of South Sound’s mission, “Working Together to Strengthen ALL Families” complements the program vision for Camp HOPE by breaking the generational cycle of family violence by offering healing and hope to children.
Camp HOPE is a trauma informed, secular, evidence-based camp proven to increase hope and resiliency among children who have been exposed to domestic violence and trauma. The Camp HOPE America Program is a values-based, “Challenge by Choice” program with a focus on praising children for observed and developing character traits through the course of a six-day overnight camp program. “Challenge by Choice” refers to challenging children to try new activities and activities with perceived danger or risk while allowing them to opt out of those activities if the challenge creates unmanageable stress or fear. It asks that campers challenge themselves and participate fully in the experience at-hand. The camper is responsible for determining and selecting what kind of participation level presents an optimal learning opportunity.
With the Camp HOPE America Program, Alliance for HOPE International has focused intensively on the correlations between witnessing domestic violence as a child and juvenile delinquency as well as adult illness, disease, and criminality. The Alliance developed Camp HOPE specifically for children and teens impacted by domestic violence. The University of Oklahoma’s Center of Applied Research for Non-Profit Organizations has hailed Camp HOPE as a “pathway of hope” for children who witness domestic violence (Hellman, Chancellor, 2014). The U.S. Department of Justice, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and many others have recognized the success of Camp HOPE. Most recently, the American Evaluation Association selected Camp HOPE and its research outcomes for special recognition in November 2016 at their national conference.
To download the University of Oklahoma’s 2015 Camp HOPE California Evaluation, click here.
The 2017 camper roster is full! Please check back throughout the year for more information about Camp HOPE 2018!
THANK YOU to our volunteer camp counselors who made Camp HOPE Washington 2017 a TON of fun. We could not have had such a great first year without you. If you’re interested in learning about how to become a camp counselor for 2018, click here.