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The Salvation Army’s “Send a Child to Camp” initiative

needs your help to change lives of local children


Last year, more than 1,570 children from 32 Salvation Army Corps across Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi went to The Salvation Army’s summer camp at Camp Hidden Lake in Lexington, Mississippi.

This year we want even more children to create memories that lasts a lifetime at summer camp by enjoying the outdoors, meeting new friends and having fun with games and activities.

“Last summer, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama sent several campers to Camp Hidden Lake.  Certainly more children in this area that can benefit from going to camp. We need our community’s help to send our children to camp this year,” said Major Mark Brown, Area Commander, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.

“For one child per week to attend Camp Hidden Lake, it costs $225. But that cost is taken care of by The Salvation Army through your donations,” said Captain Henry Morris, Divisional Youth Secretary.

This year, camp starts on June 15th and runs through July 25th.  It’s for children ages four to eighteen depending on the week. Camp Hidden Lake sits on 400 acres in Central Mississippi, and offers a retreat for many kids who only know city life.

The sad fact for many of the campers who attend is they come from lower income families. Without The Salvation Army, they would spend their summer inside, unsupervised, and could fall into the wrong group of friends because their parents are working.

“We often ask our campers what they liked best at camp,” said Lieutenant Amber Morris, Assistant Divisional Youth Secretary. “To our surprise, the overwhelming favorite is the food.”

Each camper receives three meals a day plus snacks while they attend camp. This is usually more food than they get at home, and all the food is approve by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The meals and snacks are also at no cost to the campers and their families.