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Salvation Army summer camp applications open

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

The Salvation Army is now taking applicants to attend one of its many summer camps, which range from music to sports camps.

The organization offers nine different camps for youth of all ages at their Hidden Falls Camp in Bedford, Indiana. Each camp costs $25, with some partial scholarships available.

“The camp serves all of the Salvation Armys in the state,” said Lt. Blake Fewell of Marion’s Salvation Army. “The camps are pretty much tailored for any kid from 7 years old to 12th grade. They’re extremely affordable and a great way to get a camp experience at a reasonable price.”

There are a wide range of camp options on offer:

n Kids Camp: June 10-14. Children must be 7 years old by June 30 and no older than 12 years old. Campers will experience a variety of activities and classes that have to do with several aspects of camp and being outdoors.

n Sports Week Camp: June 17 to 21. Must be 9 years old by June 30 and no older than 13 years old. Campers will choose one sport to participate in throughout the week. Sport options include football, basketball, softball, cheer, martial arts and archery. Beginners welcome.

n Junior Adventure Camp: June 30 to July 3. Must be entering first through fifth grades for the 2019-2020 school year. Campers will have their choice of two sets of classes to choose from for their age bracket.

n Outdoor Experience Camp: June 30 to July 3. Must be 12 years old by July 31 and no older than 17 years old. This camp is intended for those who are new to camping or just want a taste of the outdoors. Campers and leaders will be sleeping outdoors in tents and learning basic outdoor skills and safety.

n Specific Camps: July 6 to 13. Band Camp (must bring either brass, woodwind or percussion instrument), choir camp and guitar camp. Must have completed third through 12th grades for the 2019-2020 school year.

n Junior Music Camp: July 9 to 13. Must be 7 years old and no older than 8 years old. This is an introduction to music where youth will be participating in choir as well as getting a taste of other areas of music. Campers must be involved in local Salvation Army programs to attend this camp.

n Teen Camp: July 15 to 19. Must be 13 years old by July 31 and no older than 17. Campers will get to choose from a variety of electives including outdoor activities, sports, indoor activities and various types of art or crafts.

n STEAM Camp: July 22 to 26. Must be entering sixth through 12th grades for the 2019-2020 school year. Campers will choose one activity to participate in throughout the week, such as cardboard engineering, space, chemistry, woodworking, photography, wildlife and more.

n Extreme Camp: July 22 to 26. Must be 12 by July 31 and no older than 17. This camp is for experienced outdoor campers that want a little more than a taste of the outdoors. In addition to sleeping outdoors in tents, activities will include longer hikes, backpacking and an off-camp field trip.

Fewell, who attended one of the summer camps as a child, said it was a life changing experience for him.

“It’s a great way for kids to get away to an outdoor experience like they maybe wouldn’t be able to get in Grant County,” he said. “And of course being a Christian organization our primary focus is to experience God and they get to learn about him and grow in knowing who Jesus is.”

According to Marion’s Salvation Army Youth Director Sarah Welch, the camps offer students plenty of benefits.

“It’s a good to get away from the hecticness of home and relax for a week,” Welch said. “They can experience being away from their family, meeting new friends and learning new things.”

The $25 camp cost includes the camp experience, meals, lodging, a $5 snack shop wristband and transportation to and from camp. Lunch will be provided for campers to and from camp.

“I don’t think you could get all of that on your own just paying for each of those by themselves,” Fewell said. “It’s really a reasonable and affordable way to experience camp.”

Registration packets can be picked up at The Salvation Army or online at SAMarion.org/camp. Those interested in attending Salvation Army camps may also visit HiddenFallsCamp.org.