The Agape Youth Camp Salem camp is a jammed packed, outrageously fun camp for youth in the Salem area to enjoy summer camp and learn about the hope and healing through their difficult circumstances. The Agape Youth Camp Salem launched in 2016 with the help of partnering churches in Salem and since then has grown to be a sweet time for almost 150 youth, families and volunteers each year. Youth get to experience some of the traditional elements of “camp” like swimming, camp songs and s’mores, while also getting to process the new ideas of love, hope and forgiveness that is shared.
Agape Youth Camp Salem is a 4 day trauma-informed summer camp provided free of charge for our youth. Camp is the “flagship” program for our Agape Youth offering wonderful memories while serving as a strategic “on-ramp” to reach our families for additional programs and assistance.
Our campers are introduced to the healing and hope that can be found through breaking down the walls of stigma, providing daily necessities such as sleeping bags, pillows, hygiene items and clothes, as well as introducing youth to loving, caring adult role models. Throughout the 4 days of Agape Youth Camp Salem, campers experience the camaraderie of knowing they are not alone while meeting other youth experiencing similar circumstances. This provides youth a safe opportunity to talk through the hurt and a renewed sense of hope and possibilities for their life.
This year we have decided to offer two separate camps for the Salem families, one for younger students and one for older students. The younger students (incoming 1st graders-7th graders) will attend our Adventure Camp at Camp Aldersgate from July 18th-21st. The older students (incoming 8th graders-12th graders) will attend our Excursion Camp at the Klamath River in Happy Camp, CA from June 16th-19th (Agape will provide transportation to Happy Camp, CA). The Adventure Camp will look just like the past years Agape Youth Camp Salem, the Excursion Camp will still have our same camp feel but will offer more excursion opportunities and activities on the river. We are so excited for this new opportunity for both our older and younger students and we are especially excited to be able to invite more kids to camp this summer!
Camper Registration and Volunteer Applications will open on March 1, 2019. For more information on the Salem camp or other programs send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.