Camp Wild is Almost Here!

In just one week Camp Wild kicks off another summer of action-packed fun!

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Camp Wild is a free day camp for kids ages 5-12. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:30am until 4:30pm each day, including rainy days.

Camp Wild is a fun adventure camp for kids who want to get out of the house and experience a week of exciting activities, outdoor fun, building new friendships, and learning about God.

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Campers start the morning at our indoor multi-purpose building at The Hope Center where they enjoy free time in our game rooms, sports areas & craft tables. After free time, campers are taken to the Wildside Sanctuary where they sing, dance, and enjoy interactive Bible lessons followed by a small group time to learn more about Biblical principles and grow closer to Jesus.

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By midday the campers are given a delicious lunch and then transported to our outdoor camp facility located just outside of Hagerstown on our property by the Conococheague Creek.

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At the outdoor facility, kids are immersed into an adventure park based on exotic lands like Asia, Africa and Central America.

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Each land has themed attractions and activities for our campers to explore and discover. From activities like archaeological digs, to art centers, to interactive hiking trails, to obstacle courses, and our 600 foot zip line, there’s plenty of things to keep your campers busy. If that isn’t enough, we also have swimming, educational experiences and an inner-tube ride down the Conococheague Creek! There’s so much for your campers to see & do at Camp Wild…and it’s all free!

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Registration is easy. Just call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com. Did you know that for just $10 you can upgrade the Camp Wild experience for your kids? For $10 per kid, you can add the Camp Wild Premium package which includes a Camp Wild t-shirt, sugar shack* (snack bar) coupons, rental shack* coupons and VIP line jumping passes!

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Camp Wild hosts four separate weeks of camp. Campers may attend one week of their choice based on availability. Complimentary transportation is provided to certain areas during designated weeks only.

Camp Wild Dates:

  • July 7-11              North End
  • July 14-18             West End
  • July 28-August 1 South End
  • August 4-8           East End

If you have any questions about which week your campers would be receiving free transportation, please call Camp Wild immediately. Contact information is located at the bottom of this post.

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Space at Camp Wild is limited so please don’t delay contacting Camp Wild. For more information about Camp Wild, go to http://www.campwildusa.com.

 

If campers are in need of complimentary transportation but are not able to attend during scheduled transportation weeks, please contact Camp Wild immediately at 301.739.1165 or info@wildsideyouth.com.

*The Sugar Shack & Rental Shack are located at the outdoor camp facility. Neither one requires actual money to purchase snacks or rent items for play. Campers earn points based on various activities during the day that can be used to “buy” snacks, souvenirs and rental items like water toys, goggles and other things. Coupons given from the premium upgrade allow the camper to receive items without earning points during the daily activities.

 

 

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Our Residents Enjoy A Tubing Adventure

With temperatures soaring into the 90’s this week, everyone’s looking for the best way to cool down. Some think it’s by drinking lots of lemonade, sweet tea or water. Others run for the comforts of the AC. But really, most people would just like to take a nice dip in a refreshing pool.
But what do you do if you don’t have a pool? At The Hope Center, you go tubing on the creek!
We are fortunate to own property just outside of Hagerstown near Cearfoss. On the property we have our Good Samaritan Lodge which is home to some of our graduates. Also on that property is our farm which is home to pigs, chickens, and cows. Located on the opposite end of our property is the outdoor recreation area for Camp Wild, which is set to open the 2012 camp season on July 9th.
While there is plenty of land for ministry use, the favorite feature of the property, by far, especially during the summer months is the Conococheague Creek that runs the entire length of our property. During Camp Wild, the kids enjoy swimming and playing in the creek. On the Lodge side, our men enjoy fishing and relaxing on the banks.
But sometimes it’s just so hot that you need to go for a dip. Or grab a tube. And as the thermometer kept pushing higher and higher on Wednesday, our men were able to take a break from their work and classes to enjoy a little time outside in God’s creation.
The Foundations staff and residents were able to have some fun and fellowship as they went tubing down the creek. For some of the guys who were born and raised in the city, this was their first time “tubing on a creek!” It’s always nice for our residents to have a break and just enjoy living as they fight to renew the life that God gave them. It’s important to teach our residents that life is meant to be lived and enjoyed and that can be done without alcohol, drugs or the many other addictions that control people. We want them to see that God has created a beautiful world for us to enjoy and sometimes it’s important to just step away and take time to fellowship and enjoy the gift of each day.
Remember to pray for our residents as they daily fight to overcome the sin that has ruined relationships and destroyed their spirit. Pray that God continues to work in their hearts, and that they will continue to grow and pursue a Godly life even after they leave our program.