To Impacted Children
“Hope is the one thing no one can ever take away from me,” said one volunteer counselor to a crowd of campers and fellow counselors while standing in front of a campfire. Sharing his personal story of healing, he expressed to those around him how Camp changed his life.
Camp OSP, a camping program focused on children exposed to domestic violence and related physical and sexual abuse, was established to give children the chance to learn they are not alone, in what they have been through and in the value they have moving forward as community members.
What Society Tells Us About Kids Who Witness Violence
- 11 times more likely to physically or verbal abuse their peers
- 3 times more likely to drop out of high school
- 4 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention centers or psychiatric hospitals
During the campfire sharing, after a day of team-building on the river, our campers were physically exhausted but mentally vibrant. They had just experienced something new, something outside their comfort zone that tested their mental and physical limitations. Through this experience, they learned that connection is the key ingredient in accomplishing great things and that without it, challenges are much harder to overcome. These were valuable lessons, but none as valuable the message that evening.
“Without your family you would not be able to get through the tough times. You need to rely on the people around to you help you through. You never have to do this alone. We are all here for you and we love you.”
Our camp family is a true example of what investments of love and time can mean for children who have experienced trauma.
There was hope in the words he shared; hope for a better life and proof that abused children are not destined to repeat the path of a violent parent.
Quotes From Our Campers
“Camp changed my life 3 years ago. It helped me trust people again.” -Gina, 14
“Camp has changed my life, without hope there is really nothing in life. At camp, I learned how to focus more and be grateful for what I have.” -Michelle, 11
“I think Camp is a great experience because of all the fun things you get to do. Jumping from the Leap of Faith (70 feet off the ground) made me feel proud. To me, hope is conquering things you have never done.” -Billy, 13
“Before camp, I was a messed up kid. I was getting in a lot of trouble. My life wasn’t going very well. Camp helped me through a lot of stuff.” -Carl, 13
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It is thanks in large part to our generous community that Camp One SAFE Place has been made possible for local youth since 2012. We hope you will continue to support One SAFE Place and our efforts to help youth in our community to believe in themselves, believe in others, and believe in their dreams.
If you would like to make a donation for Camp OSP, visit the Camp OSP Donation page.