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 34 sites across the country to communities operating Family Justice Centers. Guilford County, a proud affiliate of Camp HOPE America, was selected as the first Camp HOPE America -- North Carolina program in 2017. Here are the quick facts on our inaugural year and you can find news stories on our Camp HOPE America adventures in Guilford County here.
August 13 – 18, 2017
Ages 6 - 11
6 HOPE Counselors
+ 5 Camp Weaver Counselors
5 Adult Volunteers
Since 2017, we’ve continued to expand our reach through this exciting program. Check out Camp HOPE America – North Carolina, Guilford County 2018 by the numbers!
Campers who participate in Camp HOPE America engage with their fellow campers, volunteer camp counselors during a week-long overnight summer camp experience that serves as the foundation for 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.
Check out this short video clip to learn more about this transformational initiative. Camp HOPE America Official Video.
If you have additional questions including how you can become involved with this life-changing program or to refer a child for Camp HOPE America – North Carolina, Guilford County 2019, please contact us by email at: CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov
Be a HOPE Giver and Sponsor a Child for Camp HOPE 2019
Camp HOPE North Carolina was made possible through the funding support of the Weaver Foundation, Verizon, and community donors.
Camp and the reunion events throughout the year are free to campers and their families. The cost to sponsor a child is $1200 and donations at any level are appreciated.
Guilford County FJC
201 S. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC 27407
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.
Online donations camp also be made to our partner camp, Camp Weaver by visiting www.campweaver.com/CampHOPE. Donations made through Camp Weaver go directly toward the fees paid for campers to attend overnight camp.
Looking for other ways to support Camp HOPE? Please check out our wish list for camp 2019 here.
More About Camp HOPE
The Guilford County Family Justice Center held our first Camp HOPE in August 2017 at Camp Weaver with tremendous results. Throughout the week campers, staff, and 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.
In August 2018, 47 campers ages 7-12 participated in Camp HOPE America with us. While at camp, our campers tried new activities like skateboarding, ziplining, horseback riding, and swimming. They enjoyed a special visit from the Verizon Innovation Learning Lab bus where they explored planets through amazing virtual reality technology. They applied teamwork to complete egg drop and scavenger hunt challenges and celebrated hope, as well as each other, at nightly camp fires. Throughout the week, campers practiced social skills as they introduced themselves, compromised, and engaged in conversations with campers, counselors, and adults. We’re excited to spend the year together continuing the learning, growing, and fun that began at camp.
Here is a bit more on our story so far.
And we’re excited to announce dates for Camp HOPE America – North Carolina, Guilford County 2019! We will once again head to Camp Weaver for adventure and hope this August 11 – 16, 2019.
FJC Camp HOPE counselors (ages 17 – 24) 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 and change 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 will soon be looking for individuals interested in joining us in August 2019 as Camp HOPE Counselor volunteers and mentors in our yearlong programming for 2019-2020. The application will be available soon, but in the meantime, please let us know you’re interested by being in touch with us at CampHOPE@guilfordcountync.gov!
Here’s what 2017 Camp Counselor Volunteers had to say about their experience:
THANK YOU to our volunteer HOPE counselors who have made Camp HOPE North Carolina a TON of fun. We could not have had such a great first two years without you.
Our Camper Referral period will soon open for Camp HOPE 2019! Please be on the lookout for upcoming information on our referral process for camp.
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, 2019
- 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 the parent 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 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. Programming in 2018 has already included a reunion at Camp Weaver with songs, games, and sharing with families about camp. We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2018-2019’s programming will bring!