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Camp Hidden Lake Is Back In Session!

Camp is back in person for summer 2021. Things were different last year due to COVID-19, and camp was delivered to camper’s houses so that everyone could celebrate the joys of camping in the safest environment possible. Thankfully, The Salvation Army ALM can offer a traditional summer camp setting in 2021 so that kids can get to camp and spend time with peers. Campers will arrive at Camp Hidden Lake Monday, June 14, and three two-week sessions will run through July 16. Camp adventures will include swimming, archery, music electives, games, many more activities for kids to express themselves and form a community in the process.

A COVID-19 protocol is in place. Masks and social distancing will be required where feasible. All campers and staff participate in a prescreening so that everyone is in a safe and healthy bubble when they get to camp.

“For a year like what we just had, it’s vital for us to make this summer as normal as possible. Our music programs are starting up, our pool will be open, recreation facilities will be open, and they’ll start archery. There’ll be fishing, pathfinding, camping outside, building fires, smores; We’ve moved a lot of events outside this year as a COVID-19 safety precaution,” said Captain Michael Good, Divisional Youth Secretary.

“We’ve also planned daily evening events, sort of like they do on cruise ships, so there’s never a dull moment. Everything from Junk Yard Wars, Drive-in Movie, Battle Lip Sync, Culture Night, life-size game nights, messy games, and lots of other fun activities for the kids,” Captain Good added.

Favorite Part of Camp

 

 

Everyone in a leadership position at Camp Hidden Lake was once a camper. They all have established careers both with The Salvation Army and elsewhere and contribute time to summer camp each year.

“This year, I think my favorite part will be that these kids will be normal for the first time in a little while. Camp is a place where these kids can come and get three meals a day, snacks, and never have to think about what they’re going to eat. They know that no promise will be broken when something is promised at camp (fun programs, recreation, etc.). A lot of our kids receive a lot of promises in life that never come true. For the time that they are here at camp, that’s not going to happen,” Captain Good shared.

“I get so excited that for the first time in many of their lives, especially after the year that we just had, these kids can just be kids. There comes the point at camp where you’re just standing there, maybe in the center of camp, and you hear the noises of camp. The splashing and yelling from the pool, or you hear the archery instructor saying “Pull!” and then arrows shooting, or you hear kids dribbling balls on the basketball court. You start to hear the sounds of camp, and you realize that, for that time, they’re safe, they’re happy, they’re full. That’s what matters. That’s what I’m really excited about.”

Camp Hidden Lake happens once a year, bringing peace and joy to children who often don’t get to just be a kid. For a few weeks out of the year, they are allowed to live in the moment and make friends in a safe and inviting environment. We believe every child should get to experience summer camp—exploring nature, learning new skills, developing confidence, and building life-long friendships in a fun and nurturing environment. We provide that experience for campers every summer at The Salvation Army’s Camp Hidden Lake, but we need your help. Camp Hidden Lake is funded through donations to make the summer camp experience available to all children. Visit SalArmyCamp.org to send a kid to camp.

 

 

 

Faces of the Army: Captain Michael Good

Reclaim: A Gathering of Young Adults

The Salvation Army ALM Youth Department hosted a weekend of fun and faith with its Reclaim: A Gathering of Young Adults. The Reclaim weekend retreat took place at Camp Hidden Lake, October 23-25, 2020. The young adult’s retreat is an annual summer event but was pushed into late 2020 due to the novel coronavirus. Young adults ages 18-35 spent the weekend with Salvation Army officers, reclaiming their purpose amid the hardships of 2020 and looking to the future. The retreat had a 40 person max to enforce social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions.

“The theme is “reclaim,” as in reclaiming everything we feel has been stolen from us this year. COVID-19 created many limitations, and we’re trying to get into the mindset of reclaiming our peace, joy, and security. That’s why we’re doing recycled woodwork projects and reclaiming my finances courses during the retreat,” stated Captain Michael Good, Divisional Youth Secretary.

The retreat was designed around this Bible verse:

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; He’ll have compassion on you; He’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there.” – Deuteronomy 30:3-4

 

“COVID-19 delayed this year’s retreat, so we decided to host one with a Halloween theme to reengage the young adults and get them back into the swing of being hands-on at their corps,” shared Captain Malaika Good, Divisional Youth Secretary.

“The retreat is a way to engage young adults who grew up in The Salvation Army as well as inform 730 members on how to become officers,” Captain MalaikaGood added.

730 is a group of people that have shown interest in becoming a Salvation Army officer. It takes 730 days to train to become an officer, hence the name of the program.

The retreat was filled with fall festivities, including a fire pit praise, reclaimed woodworking, DIY pumpkin spice lattes, and a murder mystery dinner. The woodworking class was a lesson on finding beauty in unlikely places by taking the time to make something new out of something old. “Reclaiming My Finances” was a course offered to help young adults understand how to create financial stability in today’s economy. “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” was a course offered at camp where young adults could carve pumpkins, enjoy a mug of coffee or hot apple cider, and discuss the steps to becoming a Salvation Army officer. The retreat ended with the murder mystery dinner, a fun game night where participants wore their best Halloween costumes and enjoyed a meal with friends; just another way of reclaiming peace amid the unparalleled year that is 2020.