Every summer, The Salvation Army of the Midlands sends children to overnight summer camp at Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, NC. Camp Walter Johnson provides a positive environment for children to grow, learn and be encouraged while striving to meet spiritual, social, recreational and educational needs. Since 1974, Camp Walter Johnson has impacted the lives of over 55,000 children throughout North and South Carolina.
The Salvation Army of the Midlands sent 83 children to Camp Walter Johnson over the course of summer 2018. Each year, one child from Columbia is recognized as the Walter E. Hayden Star Camper for exemplifying certain core values during their time at Camp Walter Johnson. These core values include: cooperative spirit, strong team player, courteous and friendly, respectful, participates broadly with a healthy and willing attitude, polite and exemplifies Christian characteristics.
The award is presented to one camper on the last day of camp. This year, Hector Hernandez (age 9) was the selected recipient of the award. When asked about his experience at camp, Hector replied enthusiastically. "I loved Camp Walter Johnson and can't wait to go back. I met friends from all over and got to do so many activities like swimming and archery." All of the counselors agreed that Hector was kind to his fellow campers, always made everyone feel included and showed respect to all camp staff.