PURPOSE OF SALVATION ARMY CAMPING
The purpose of Salvation Army camping is to serve the needs of campers; physical, social, and spiritual. For the physical needs, our aim is to help campers develop good health habits in cleanliness, proper rest, balanced diet, exercise, and care of the body. To meet social needs the camp provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and receive from a group living experience. The aim is to help campers make their own “right” decisions, stimulate creativity and foster independence. The fact that The Salvation Army is a religious organization makes it possible for its camping program to integrate concern for the spiritual dimension of life. We believe in God, His word and what it teaches, and a pattern of living exemplified by Jesus Christ. These purposes are achieved through carefully selected staff, well-planned programs, and the highest standards of health and safety.
GOALS OF SALVATION ARMY CAMPING
- To promote an awareness of God and His love and, through the love of Jesus, to aid toward spiritual growth and knowledge of basic human values.
- To give campers a fun-filled, healthful, safe, educational, and inspirational experience in the out-of-doors.
- To help campers develop an understanding, appreciation, and sense of stewardship for the out-of-doors, for the natural environment, and for all living creatures.
- To help campers grow in understanding themselves and each other, and especially for children to experience relationships with staff as caring adults, and to offer opportunity for people of varied faiths and cultures to develop compassion and love for each other.
- To provide a loving and supportive environment where campers can learn to cope with and solve their problems.
- To facilitate creative self-expression through worship, song, work, play, physical activity, and the development of new skills.
- To assist in developing an appreciation of the wonder and joy of the miracles of everyday living.
- To include provision for spiritual, educational, social and recreational needs through a creative, healthful experience in cooperative group living in an outdoor setting.