Camp HOPE America is a camping and mentoring experience that provides children living with domestic violence and trauma a pathway to hope through team building, evidence-informed programming, and high adventure, challenge-by-choice activities. The first evidence-based initiative of its kind, Camp HOPE America began in 2003 under the San Diego Family Justice Center and has expanded to 55 sites in communities across the country. Guilford County, a proud affiliate of Camp HOPE America, was selected as the first Camp HOPE America -- North Carolina program in 2017. You can find news stories on our Camp HOPE America adventures in Guilford County here.
The Guilford County Family Justice Center held our first Camp HOPE in August 2017 at Camp Weaver with tremendous results. Throughout the week 26 campers, 5 adult staff, and 6 volunteers experienced the transformational power of hope that is fostered when children who have experienced trauma can be in relationship with one another and learn new pathways for healing.
Since 2017, our program has grown to include more campers, more volunteers, and more frequent events throughout the year. In August 2019, 60 campers joined 12 volunteer counselors and 10 adult staff for another great week of camp. While at camp, our campers tried new activities like high ropes, ziplining, horseback riding, and swimming. Campers also enjoyed a special visit from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and participated in a collaborative art project. They applied teamwork to complete egg drop and boat race challenges and celebrated hope, as well as each other, at nightly camp fires.
Campers who participate in Camp HOPE America engage with their fellow campers and volunteer camp counselors during a week-long overnight summer camp experience that serves as the foundation for Pathways: a year of activities and programming for campers and their families. It is our shared goal to create experiences for all participants that increase hope, resilience, and change destinies.
If you have any additional questions including how you can become involved with this life-changing program, please contact us by email at: CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov
You can also check out this short video clip to learn more about this transformational initiative. Camp HOPE America Official Video.
Be a HOPE Giver and Sponsor a Child for Camp HOPE 2020
Camp HOPE America -- North Carolina, Guilford County is made possible through the funding support of the Weaver Foundation, Verizon, and community donors.
Camp HOPE and Pathways events throughout the year are free to campers and their families. The cost to sponsor a child for one year of camping and mentoring activities is $1200 and donations at any level are appreciated.
All donations received for Camp HOPE will be used to support camper fees and costs associated with participation in Pathways programming. Camp HOPE America -- North Carolina, Guilford County is proudly affiliated with Camp HOPE America.
There are many ways to donate:
Mail a check to:
Guilford County FJC
Sponsor a Child
Donate items from our Wishlist
Looking for other ways to support Camp HOPE? Please check out our wish list for 2020 here.
Guilford County is a local government and as a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina, is an organization qualified to receive tax deductible contributions.
Camp Counselor Volunteers
Camp HOPE counselors (ages 17 – 26) have a tremendous impact on camper experiences, and this opportunity is life-changing for both the camper and counselor. Camp HOPE counselors serve as champions for youth attendees, and aid immensely in our goal to end the cycle of violence by changing the destinies of youth exposed to trauma. Volunteers may earn 125 hours of service learning or internship credits through this experience. More information on the counselor role can be found here.
We are now looking for individuals interested in joining us in August 2020 as Camp HOPE Counselor volunteers and mentors in our year-long programming for 2020-2021. We are especially looking for strong male leaders and role models to join us at camp this August! The volunteer application can be found here: https://forms.gle/np2hancJoGRoRF4k9. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews beginning in late January. If you have questions about the application process, please be in touch with us at: CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov!
Here’s what previous Camp Counselor Volunteers had to say about their experience:
THANK YOU to our volunteer camp counselors and adult staff who made Camp HOPE North Carolina 2019 a TON of fun. We could not have had such a great week of camp without you.
Camper Nominations for Camp HOPE America - North Carolina, Guilford County 2020
Camper Nomination is now open for Camp HOPE 2020! Professionals and families may submit camper nominations through April 1, 2020.
Due to limited space, we are not able to guarantee attendance for any child and nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Camper must be age 7 to 12 by August 1, 2020
- Camper must not be in immediate crisis and must have spent a minimum of three months out of immediate danger
- Camper must not be physically acting out (e.g. getting in fights, assaulting authority figures)
- Camper cannot have been involved with juvenile detention within the past year
- Camp cannot be court ordered; the camper and caregiver(s) must want to participate
If you know a child who meets the eligibility requirements and may benefit from this unique opportunity, please email us at CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov.
What Happens After Camp?
Our time at summer camp is just the beginning! Following their six-day camp experience, all campers are invited to participate in Pathways, a year-long engagement opportunity through the Family Justice Center that encourages children to build on the hope and skills they develop at camp.
Campers last year enjoyed ice skating, pizza parties, swimming lessons and pool time while having fun together with their new camp friends. Pathways 2019-2020 has already included a reunion at Camp Weaver, a fall scavenger hunt, making gingerbread “camp cabins”, and ice skating! We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2019-2020 programming will bring!
Camp HOPE in the News
You can find news stories on our Camp HOPE America adventures in Guilford County in the links below.