The local body of Christ continues to make an impact on the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of children in Parker County through Camp Hope. Eight churches hosted nine different fun-packed, Christ-centered summer camps throughout Parker County neighborhoods this year, impacting 239 kids in June. Over the years, some of the same children, families and volunteers have come for games, nutritional meal training, crafts, Bible lessons, skits, summer reading and more.
One grandmother shared, “I have 17 grandkids and have been bringing them to Camp Hope throughout the years. They always loved it. If they had to miss it they would be really sad. They always loved the Bible storytelling and the songs, and they know a lot more about the Bible than what they would have.”
For many of the children, the Bible comes to life as they participate in fun skits, dance to worship songs and practice memorizing Scripture through motions.
“Acting out the Bible stories has been super fun,” said one volunteer. “Whoever is teaching the story has the kids involved in acting out the characters. We used a trash can to act out when Joseph was thrown in the pit. The kids laugh and have fun learning about the Bible.”
An eleven year old girl and her eight year old brother have attended Camp Hope for the past 5 years.
“My favorite parts are the Bible stories and the prizes. Most of all, I love being with everyone here!” said the brother.
“I love it!” said another Camp Hope kid. “I love it a hundred times in a row. All of Camp Hope is my favorite, especially water balloon fights!”
One mother started to attend Camp Hope with her kids three years ago and now serves alongside the church volunteers hosting the camp. She has seen the impact Camp Hope has had on her kids’ lives.
“Camp Hope teaches them to prepare meals. They can make at home what they learn at Camp Hope, which is helpful. We like to read so the free libraries have also been useful. We found a fun book series at Camp Hope that we like. I also have a child that is not very social, but once he gets out here he enjoys interacting. That has been cool to watch for me.”
Camp Hope is a community mission that continues to make an impact in the lives of children and families. Each camp is a special, safe space for kids as our volunteers and community partners work together to use their talents and skills to make a difference in the lives of each family.
“Every volunteer I see at these camps cares for these kids,” said Hanna Siebert, Center of Hope’s Outreach Coordinator. “They really love and pour into the families. They are all in.”
Thank you to our donors and volunteers for being a part of impacting the lives and hearts of kids in Parker County.