Everyone Had a WILD Time at Camp!

Schools are finally back in session and we’re just a few weeks away from saying goodbye to summer. The carefree, sun-kissed days of summer are now becoming just a memory of another great season of swimming, sunbathing, cooking out and gardening.

So as we start to prepare for fall and all of the wonderful things associated with this season, we fondly look back at our biggest event each summer at The Hope Center: Camp Wild.

This year was another fantastic year for the kids in Hagerstown who attended Camp Wild. Approximately 250 different kids attended Camp Wild this year. The campers were able to partake in such adventures as Tiger Trail: Obstacle Course, Rana Ranch, The Snake Charmer, Zulu, Expedition Panda which is our 600 ft zip line, hiking, hayrides, and, of course, swimming!

In addition to all those exciting outdoor activities, campers enjoyed mornings at the Trinity Center where they played games, sang & danced, participated in interactive Bible lessons, engaged in small group discussion, and ate some pretty good lunches.

Each year it is our privilege to host Camp Wild for free to the kids in Hagerstown’s neighborhoods. Over the course of the four weeks of camp, we target and reach out to kids in the West End, Jonathan Street area, Noland Village, South End, Frederick Manor, and East Side areas of our city.

By providing free transportation to and from our facilities, as well as providing free registration, food, prizes and activities, this is a genuine mission outreach to our city that’s been taking place since the 1970’s.

Bringing Camp Wild to life is not an easy task. There are so many people involved with everything from set up and construction, to helping each day during camp, and the process of cleaning up and tearing down everything after it’s all said and done. Our volunteers logged in approximately 4, 056 hours for Camp Wild 2017! Volunteers help us keep our camp operational each year and free for all the kids who attend. That’s something that each person involved should be proud of.

We’re thankful for volunteer groups from Antietam Rec, Maugansville Bible Brethren, and the many volunteers from Tri-State Fellowship. In addition to all those volunteers, we have many other individuals give so much of their time and resources to helping reach Hagerstown’s kids for Christ. We are so thankful for each and every person who volunteered, donated, and prayed for Camp Wild 2017.

Since many of you might not have been able to daily be a part of Camp Wild we wanted to post some pictures to let you feel like you were there with us each day. These pictures are a tiny snapshot into the fun everyone had at Camp Wild. This is a combination of all four weeks together. If you’d like to see more pics go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com and click on ‘Year in Pictures’ under the ‘More’ tab on the upper tool bar. We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as the campers and staff who are in them!

And just because Camp Wild is over for the year doesn’t mean that all the fun of Wildside Youth Ministries is too. Wildside has a great lineup of activities this fall including:


To learn more about all these exciting, free activities for kids ages 5-12 please visit http://www.wildsideyouth.com or call 301.739.1165.


Camp Wild 2013 – Part 3

We’re posting more pics from the exciting summer at Camp Wild. Be sure to keep up-to-date on all things Wildside by going to www.wildsideyouth.com.

Wildside’s fall activities will be starting later this month. Keep checking back here or our Facebook page for updates about all the various activities taking place this fall at The Hope Center.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside or any other ministry at The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165, email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or click on the volunteer link on our website, www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Wildside’s Clover Bowl!!

The Wildside party season continues with the annual Clover Bowl! This is by far the best St Patricks Day event in all of Hagerstown!

This fantastic Irish-themed event will be on Tuesday, March 13th from 4:30-6:30pm in the Trinity Center*.

This awesome party is free for anyone ages 5-12!

There will be games, prizes and delicious food! Also, the kid that wears the most green & orange will win a special prize! So raid your closet, join us and see if you’ve got the luck o’the Irish!

Invite your whole school to Wildside Youth’s Clover Bowl!! This is definitely a party you don’t want to miss!

Call 301.739.1165 or email us at info@wildsideyouth.com to sign-up. For more info check out www.wildsideyouth.com or look us up on facebook!

*The Trinity Center is located on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets. It sets next to the Thrift Store. Parking is located in the Hope Center’s central lot off of Church Street.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

It’s almost time to start carving the turkey, dipping out those delicious mashed potatoes and taking a slice out of a homemade pumpkin pie!

At least, that’s the way it is here at the Hope Center. We’ve been roasting 18 turkeys, peeling tons of potatoes and setting up enough tables and chairs to feed over 250. Thanksgiving Day is a major event at the Hope Center. For over 55 years we’ve been making an incredible Thanksgiving feast for the community.

So you might be wondering, how much food does it take to serve a meal like that for such a large number of people? Good question! Here’s a quick run-down of what our supply list is like for Thanksgiving:

Turkey – 300 lbs – 18 turkeys

Potatoes – 240 lbs

Sweet Potatoes – 12 #10 cans*

Brown Sugar – 8 lbs

Butter – 48 lbs

Bread – 75 loaves

Eggs – 26 dozen

Onions – 12

Celery – 3

Corn – 6 #10 cans*

Lima Beans – 6 #10 cans*

Sauerkraut – 6 #10 cans*

Cranberry Sauce – 6 #10 cans*

Bananas – 5 lbs

Fruit Cocktail – 3 #10 cans*

Pies – Over 50 pies (generally pumpkin and pecan)

There is a lot of food and a lot of work that goes into our ‘Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast’ but it’s definitely worth it. We couldn’t do this without the help of a lot of various people. From staff to residents to our volunteers, this day is all about helping each other create a great atmosphere for the community to come together and enjoy good fellowship, great food and to give thanks to God for all of His blessings throughout the year!

We are thankful and excited to be with all our volunteers tomorrow that will help serve, clean and interact with our guests. While the food is a major component of this day, our volunteers bring it all together! We appreciate each and every one of you for giving of your Thanksgiving Day to help us feed the community! If you would like to help serve at Thanksgiving or another meal during the year, please call our office at 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net to register as a volunteer. All of our volunteer positions are filled for tomorrow’s meal but we welcome you to learn more about how you can get involved at the Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. 

If you happen to be reading this and you don’t have plans tomorrow or you know of people who’ve had a rough year or just need good food and a happy atmosphere then please join us at 11:30am in the Trinity Center (Walnut St between Franklin & Church Sts). It’s a free buffet for anyone and everyone. All we ask is that you come hungry! There are even kids activities sponsored by Wildside Kids (wildsidekids.com) that will begin at 11am. So it’s a great place for the entire family! There is no reason for anyone to be lonely or hungry on Thanksgiving. We hope to see many of you tomorrow!


No matter what your plans may be tomorrow, we hope that each of you have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family and friends and remember to thank God for everything that He has provided this year!


*You may be wondering exactly how big is a #10 can. The average can of soup is a #2.5 can. It would take 5 regular cans to equal a #10. There are about 103 ½ ounces of goods in a #10 can which is roughly 28-30 servings per can.