“What does HOPE mean to you?,” asked one of the trail leaders this past summer during Camp HOPE. Nine-year-old Maria immediately shot her arm up into the air and enthusiastically waved her hand to speak, and she answered, “Hope is believing in myself, others, and believing in my dreams.” From that point forward, Maria radiated with energy, made more friends, participated in camp activities, and became a leader in her own right. This didn’t happen overnight, as she had initially been timid, quiet, and shy, and refused to be as involved in her first experience in last year’s camp. But Maria has come a long way in regaining hope, and stories of children like Maria’s is the reason the Sacramento County participates in Camp HOPE.
Camp HOPE America is the first nationwide camping and mentoring initiative in the United States to focus on children exposed to domestic violence.
Each summer the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center takes a number of children from the region to participate in Camp Hope. For an entire week they are free to just be kids -enjoying swimming, zip-lining, hiking, campfires and more. Sign up for our newsletter and watch for details about how you can support Camp Hope!