Camp Hidden Lake
Nestled among the hardwoods and rolling bluffs on the edge of the Mississippi Delta near Lexington, Mississippi rests The Salvation Army’s Camp Hidden Lake. Named for the lake hidden deep within the property, the camp provides camping experiences for underprivileged children and youth, adults and seniors. Each summer, hundreds of children and youth descend upon Camp Hidden Lake for life changing camp experiences. From music and performing arts & recreational and outdoor experiences to spiritual formations, the goal of Camp Hidden Lake is holistic ministry that strengthens the body, soul, and mind. If you would like to send a child to camp or provide funds toward the operation of the camp, please click the donation link on this page and designate your gift for camp. Summer camp
Long hot summer camp days, a dip in the pool, star-filled nights, camp fires, roasted marshmallows, pillow fights, cabin devotions, emblem work, seeing old friends, making new ones. Expanding horizons and creating memories. That’s what camp is about. For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has recognized the value of camping and has witnessed the difference it can make in people’s lives. For an underprivileged child who’s only known city concrete, the blare of car horns and whirl of mass transit, it opens up an entirely new world. For a single mother, it represents a cherished respite and bonding time with her children. For older adults, camp symbolizes independence, a trip down memory lane and treasured companionship.
For those inclined towards music and the arts, there are camps geared to provide young people with the basics of music therory and the fundamentals of becoming proficient musicians. For the more well-seasoned, there are camps specifically outlined to assist advanced musicians refine their craft further. Teen camps feature organized sports, value-oriented programs and classes that address life issues to assist them as they navigate through challenging years. Children who participate in The Salvation Army’s character-building ministries in their own hometowns come to camp to learn new skills and increase their knowledge while having fun earning emblems.
A number of camps are highly specialized and deal with unique and sensitive situations. For instance, a camp called PAL in Missouri helps young people referred by the juvenile courts to refocus their lives and get to know law enforcement officials as people who care about their community. Another camp in Kansas reunites siblings in foster care to maintain balance and hope in difficult circumstances. There are many short-term camps for those who are in Salvation Army rehabilitation programs working at overcoming their addictions. In these places of quiet and beauty, they engage in honest reflection and many experience a spiritual rebirth that helps give them the strength they need to start over.
There are more than 50 Salvation Army camps throughout the United States. Each one is unique to its geographical area, but they meet high standards in housing, nutrition and safety according to the Christian Camping Association and/or the American Camping Association. Salvation Army camps are attended by more than 100,000 people of all ages, races and socioeconomic levels each year. The camps are conducted by competent staffs of dedicated Christians who serve together throughout the summer and are committed to making the camping experience special for each individual.
As in all of its programs, The Salvation Army views camping holistically, a ministry that addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people. After camp, The Salvation Army continues its care for individuals and families at the local level primarily through its corps community centers.
The variety of camps is amazing, but they all provide a gorgeous setting, a caring environment and activities that wholly enrich life. Whether learning to swim, baiting a hook for the first time or discovering new wonders while hiking a nature trail, learning is a big part of the camp experience. Along the way, many learn something even more wonderful. They learn how very special they are and in the process they gain self-confidence, enthusiasm and courage and they also learn about community. The camp experience allows them to more fully understand the importance of working together for a common good and pulling together for something far bigger than themselves. And the entire camping experience is founded upon Godly, Christ-centered principles emphasizing our mighty and wonderful God and the difference He can make in their lives and in our world. There’s a big world out there just waiting to be discovered! Camp is a great place to start.
If you’d like more information about Camp Hidden Lake, would like to take a guided tour or are interested in contributing financially to the camp’s operation, please contact Charles_Whiten@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 601-969-7560. Donations to camp will truly make a difference in the life of a child.