Camp Hope Palomar is an evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children who have been exposed to family violence. Our goal with Camp HOPE is to break generational cycles of abuse by providing our campers with meaningful and challenging activities, providing them a safe adult to be their mentor, and tools to experience hope and healing. We strive to create an environment where our children feel seen, heard, and valued.
What is Camp HOPE?
About the Campers
To be eligible for Camp, a child must meet the following requirements:
- Witnessed and have been impacted by family violence
- Camper (and /or parent or guardian) must be receiving services at Palomar or one of our partnering agencies
- Between the ages of 7 and 17
- Nonviolent towards others
- Stable environment for 3-6 months (Not currently in shelter or actively fleeing)
Apply to be a Mentor
When you apply to be a Camp HOPE mentor, you are not only making a positive influence for children who have been impacted by violence. You also benefit from receiving 120 service hours the week of camp, gaining myriad of skills including effective communication and crisis management. While also being able to network with service minded people.
Studies have shown that 78% of children who come from violent homes will grow up and hurt their partner(s) and/or children. Mentors have the ability to touch the lives of hurting youth in OKC and create a bond with them that will last for years to come.
These are the following requirements to be a Camp HOPE America – Palomar mentor:
- 17 – 24 years old
- Possess a spirit of leadership, positivity, and responsibility
- Attend mentor training
- Attend Camp HOPE America Oklahoma Palomar
- Attend monthly reunions