Finding Pathways to Hope and Healing: FJC hosts second year of Camp HOPE
By: Catherine Johnson
For a second year, the Guilford Count Family Justice Center launched Camp HOPE America- NC, Guilford County. Camp HOPE is a camping and mentoring experience that provides children living with domestic violence and trauma a unique pathway to hope and healing. This year, 47 children, ages 7-12 participated in our week-long overnight camp. Through the week campers participated in team building, values-based programming, and high adventure, challenge-by-choice activities.
For the week of camp to be successful, FJC staff coordinate with partner agencies across the county managing camper referrals and recruiting both adult and youth volunteers. Camp is held at Camp Weaver, located just outside of Greensboro. Campers experience activities like horseback riding, high ropes courses, zip lining, archery, and campfire. In addition to outside adventures, campers learn about HOPE and follow a curriculum filled with stories of folks who have persevered, even though they faced significant challenges in childhood.
While the week of camp is by far the biggest event of the year for this program, FJC staff coordinates mentoring and support to program participants throughout the year. Through Camp HOPE, it is our goal to create experiences for all participants that increase hope, resilience, and change destinies.
Check out some of our favorite photos from this year’s camp: