Going Wild for Juice!

Before you know it we’ll be halfway through July already!

And since it’s July that means it’s Camp Wild time!! But, just like everything else, Camp Wild 2020 is gonna be a little different. There will be special socially distant activities planned for kids who register for Camp Wild as well as occasional small group activities. To learn more about Camp Wild 2020 please visit campwildusa.com.

Even though campers won’t be in person each day of their camp week, we’re still making sure each camper has fun activities to do PLUS we’re delivering lunch each day of the week to campers who are registered!

Item of the Month-001For our July ‘Pantry Item of the Month’ we’re requesting donations of any kind of juice boxes or pouches. These juice boxes will be included in each lunch delivered to campers daily at their house. We are not at all particular in a specific brand or flavor so grab whatever you like to donate!

Also this month we’re requesting new pillows to use in our overnight homeless shelter and for the men who are residents in our Foundations Life Recovery program. These new pillows will be used solely for the purpose of our housing ministries and will not be sold in our Thrift Stores.

If you’d like to donate juice boxes or new pillows please drop them off to our Shelter Need-001Administrative Offices during business hours M-F. If you are unable to donate during business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to figure out a time that works for you.

If shopping online through retailers like AmazonSmile (learn more about Amazon Smile by visiting http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com) please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as the delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with your community! We thank God for all of His blessings, including being surrounded and supported by such a generous community. Thank you so much for all the love and support you provide our ministry and your neighbors in need!

To learn more about all our programs and services, including kids programs and our shelter programs, please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Wildside Kick’s Off Another Summer of Adventure!

On May 14th Wildside hosted it’s annual Camp Wild Kick-Off Party! They had 54 kids join for an evening of Jesus, fun, games, and food.

Every month during the school year Wildside hosts themed parties for kids ages 5-12 in Hagerstown. The Camp Wild Kick-Off Party is the final party of the season, but obviously, a celebration of the upcoming summer camp season which starts in July!!

The Camp Wild Kick-Off Party is always a crowd favorite because it’s another sign that the school year is coming to an end and it builds the excitement for another summer of fun at Camp Wild!

The evening started off with one of the kids’ favorite activities: dodgeball!

Following the huge game of dodgeball, everyone came together to enjoy some music and an interactive Bible lesson. The lesson time started with a song that the Wildside kids love, “Take it All” by Hillsong Kids. Following the music everyone jumped right into the lesson “Livin’ the Good Life”. The lesson is part of a series teaching the kids how to resolve conflict and live peacefully with God and each other. The kids learned that in order to resolve their personal conflicts they must state the problem, listen to the other person, and look for the solution. They learned that our greatest problem is our sin, that we need to listen to Jesus, and that He is the solution to our sin problem.

After the message, one of the Wildside kids, Aleshia, wowed everyone by reciting 10 Bible verses she had memorized in school! This passage of scripture told the story of Thomas doubting and then believing in the resurrected Jesus. How awesome to see so much scripture memorized by such a young lady.

Following the lesson time, the kids were able to spend their Bear Bucks at the Marketplace, play one of our carnival-style games, and eat dinner. Each of the carnival games was themed after camp. This summer, campers will travel to Latin America and explore God’s diverse array of people, cultures, animals, and environments.

Wildside ended the evening with a small dodgeball competition. We had twenty kids join the competition to battle it out for the winning title and the prize. After awarding the winners with Hershey bars and certificates, we handed out some prizes for a few well behaved children who stood out to the staff.

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Even though Wildside has wrapped up their parties for this school year, there’s still so much more fun planned for 2019. The fun continues this summer at Camp Wild! Camp Wild is an exciting, free day camp for kids ages 5-12. Registration is now open so don’t wait to sign your kids up for Camp Wild 2019. To learn more go to http://www.campwildusa.com.

If you would like to help volunteer at Camp Wild this year please contact us as soon as possible by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing info@wildsideyouth.com.

My, My What a Spring It Was!

Summer has officially arrived! We love those long, hazy and hot days of summer. The smell of grilling out, the taste of a cold glass of lemonade and the chance to cool off by taking a dip in the pool are some of the things we like the best about this season. But we also love hosting hundreds of kids each summer at Camp Wild, our free summer day camp for kids in Hagerstown.

But before we kickoff Camp Wild season at The Hope Center, we want to take a moment to look back at Spring 2017.

From our 3rd annual Rock the Run 5k, to Easter celebrations, to Soup Line parties and more, our spring was loaded with activities.

We started celebrating random “National Holidays” with our Soup Line guests. On any given day we would include our guests in a “holiday” of sorts which could include prizes and a themed meal. There’s so much negativity and hurt in the world today so we wanted to have some fun with our guests and bring smiles to their faces as they celebrate such days as Oreo Day, Strawberry Day and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

But of all the springtime celebrations, of course nothing can compare to the importance of Easter. And this Easter we had so much going on! We hosted everything from a Wildside Youth party complete with a huge Easter Egg Hunt, to our Auxiliary bake sale, Easter celebration with our staff, residents and guests and an Easter cantata performance by the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church with a delicious meal too! Easter is obviously so important to our ministry because it is the basis for the change and hope that we offer at The Hope Center. The power of Christ’s resurrection is what makes all this change possible. So we make sure that our residents and guests understand how important this celebration is to the power of hope.

As soon as Easter was over we were tying our running shoes for our 3rd annual Rock the Run: A Race for Hope presented by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe. Each year our race gets better and better as we see so many new faces. But with all the new faces, we’re so thrilled to see so many participants returning to support The Hope Center. From our sponsors, to our volunteers and participants, our race this year was an overwhelming success! And we’ll be hosting it again in April, 2018 so plan to join us. Learn more about the race at http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

And just this past weekend the awesome folks at Germantown Church of God hosted our residents for an evening of fellowship and great food! The people at the church have been hosting this picnic for years upon years and it’s an activity that our men genuinely love. We were so thrilled to have some of our staff join our men as we mixed and mingled with the people from Germantown Church of God. In fact, our very own Sue (she’s the voice you hear every time you call The Hope Center) is wife to Mark, the pastor of Germantown Church of God. We’re so thankful that the church continues to provide this evening of relaxation and fellowship for our men.

So as we bid farewell to yet another spring, we excitedly look forward to what God has in store for this summer. Camp Wild is just weeks away and things here are focused on making sure that our campers have another safe, fun and action-packed experience this year. Keep up-to-date on Camp Wild by visiting http://www.campwildusa.com. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating supplies for Camp Wild 2017 then call us at 301.739.1165.

We want to thank each of you who have prayed for us, supported us and volunteered with us thus far in 2017. We couldn’t do all that we do without the loving support of each of you. Your gifts, time and talents do not go unnoticed by our staff or our Heavenly Father. Thank you for caring and sharing and investing so much in the lives of so many! We look forward to all the great things in store for the rest of the year!

If you would like to learn more about all the different ways that The Hope Center is working in our area then go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. Thinking about volunteering? Great! We’ve got the information you need at http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Camp Wild is Full of Adventure!

Are you looking for a great summer program for your kids? Looking for an exciting, action-packed, adventurous and Christ-centered activity for your children this summer?

Then you definitely want to check out Camp Wild!!

Camp Wild is all about adventure, fun & building a strong spiritual foundation for your children. Our free day camp is a perfect solution for the summertime doldrums. It’s a great program to get your kids out of the house and into nature while also providing them with an opportunity to learn and grow spiritually.

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The Camp Wild day starts at the Trinity Center, the multipurpose facility on the campus of The Hope Center, in Hagerstown. Morning activities include group games and activities, interactive themed lesson times, praise & worship geared just for kids, small group time & a delicious lunch. Following lunch, campers are transported to the outdoor camp facility located just west of Hagerstown in Cearfoss.

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The afternoon is packed with all types of adventures. From swimming in the creek, to flying with the birds on our 600 foot-long zip line, to nature hikes, explorations deep into the jungles of Central America and expeditions into the heart of the Africa, Camp Wild’s themed outdoor adventure area is sure to be a hit with your kids! There are plenty of other activities like art projects, animal & insect discoveries and opportunities to win prizes or get snacks at the Sugar Shack!

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If you are interested in sending your kids to Camp Wild this summer, then don’t delay! Space is limited and can fill up quickly. Camp Wild runs for four weeks during the summer. Campers are able to attend one week out of the four. Free transportation is provided to certain areas inside of Hagerstown for specific weeks. If you are able to provide transportation each day then you may select the week that best suites your schedule.

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For videos, photos and more information, including a downloadable registration form, please go to www.campwildusa.com. You can also call 301.739.1165 or send an email to info@wildsideyouth.com. If you would like a Camp Wild brochure with an attached registration form mailed to your house or to family or friends, please call today!

Upcoming Ministry Events: CAMP WILD 2012!!

Wildside Youth Ministries presents CAMP WILD 2012!

Go ahead and mark your calendar now! Space is limited and fills up quickly. If you have children, grandchildren or know of kids that would enjoy attending a free summer camp then don’t wait to get registration info!

Camp Dates:

  • July 9 – 13
  • July 16 – 20
  • July 30 – August 3
  • August 6 – 10

Once again, Camp Wild will unleash the joy of Christ for children between the ages of 5 and 12 for four weeks this summer.

Every single day wil be filled with action-packed experiences for kids…exciting activities in a safe environment…and overflowing with the love of Christ.

Daily activities include:

  • Zip lines
  • Hayrides
  • Hiking
  • Art projects and crafts
  • Swimming
  • Indoor games
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • And so much more!!

And…IT’S FREE – including limited transportation! But you must register in advance.

Exuberant. Energetic. And full of life! Camp Wild is sure to put a smile on your child’s face and the message of God’s Good News in their heart.

For more information about Camp Wild 2012, or to register your child for a week of camp, go to www.wildsidekids.com or call 301.739.1165. You can also “like” Camp Wild on facebook.

If you are interested in helping to reach kids for Christ or know of someone looking for a summer ministry opportunity then please call our offices for information about volunteering.

If you are unable to volunteer during our weeks of Camp Wild but would like to help in one way or another, please email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or call 301.739.1165 and ask for ways that you can be a part of making Camp Wild possible for hundreds of kids this summer!