More than 125 children experiencing homelessness or poverty from The Austin Salvation Army Shelters and Service Centers will spend a week at Camp Hoblitzelle or at local day camps this summer.
“As you can imagine, going to camp is a big deal to kids who are living in shelters or poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Salvation Army can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”
Elizabeth is one such mom who is excited about the opportunity for her son, Jeremy, to go to camp. “He’s a good boy and he gets good grades. He’s really positive and gets along with everybody,” she said. “He can’t wait to go to camp!”
For many young people, the week away at camp is the first time away from their family. However, just like Jeremy, they can look forward to a great time at Camp Hoblitzelle. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, archery, team building, ropes course, swimming and lots more! They have the chance to make new friends and learn about God’s love all under the guidance of Christian camp staff and counselors.
Best of all, Elizabeth can rest easy in the knowledge that her son is in a safe place while she goes to work. “The Salvation Army sending Jeremy to camp is really helping me to keep my job. I don’t have to worry about what he’s doing when there’s no school and I’m so grateful for the help and support we’ve received here at The Salvation Army.”
Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for children like Jeremy. Thanks to your support, he now has the chance to try new activities and scale new heights, while making memories that will last a lifetime.