Frequently Asked Questions: Camp HOPE


What is Camp HOPE?

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.

Who is eligible to be a camper?

To be eligible for Camp, a child must meet the following requirments:

  1. Witnessed and have been impacted by family violence
  2. Camper (and /or parent or guardian) must be receiving services at Palomar or one of our partnering agencies
  3. Between the ages of 8 and 16
  4. Nonviolent towards others

What happens at Camp HOPE?

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.

How can I get involved in Camp HOPE?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, fill out this form to volunteer as a mentor. To donate, fill out this form and select “Camp HOPE” under Purpose. You can also keep up with Camp HOPE on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.