Camp HOPE America is the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma in the United States. Our goal is to give children and teens their childhood back and help them find a Pathway to HOPE. Our vision is to break the generational cycle of family violence by offering healing and hope to children and adults who have witnessed and been impacted by family violence.
What is Camp HOPE?
About the Campers
To be eligible for Camp, a child must meet the following requirments:
- 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
Camp kids are at a critical crossroads in their lives: soon their small bodies will grow and they could potentially use them to hurt others. Statistically, 78% of kids from violent homes will grow up and hurt their partner(s) and/or children. If they don’t have a positive intervention and learn alternatives to violence, their futures could be very dark and destructive. Camp HOPE helps kids change how their story ends by breaking the cycle of generational violence.
What We Do
At Camp HOPE, we use fun-filled avenues to bring HOPE into campers’ lives. At camp, we discuss important life lessons such as the value of forgiveness, the future is brighter than the past, and that we all need each other. Campers learn about role models who have overcome difficult times and chosen to do good things with their lives. Campers are challenged with trust and team-building exercises such as rock climbing and yoga and empowered with character trait awards. Using meaningful activities, we create an environment where kids feel safe, seen, encouraged, and loved.
Apply to be a Mentor
As a mentor, you will serve as a counselor at Camp, (2022 dates to be determined). After Camp, you will continue to serve as a mentor to campers by attending monthly reunions.
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