All summer long, thousands of young people have the opportunity to get outside, experience exciting new things, and make friends at Salvation Army summer camps across the country. The camping experience allows children and teens to learn new skills, self-reliance, and grow in their faith.
These Salvation Army camps are more than just a destination for adventure. They’re also places of beauty, molded and carved by the hands of God. Going to camp provides new opportunities to get off the streets, discover the natural environment and experience God’s presence in a very powerful way.
We’ve gathered 10 of the most majestic Salvation Army Camps in the United States - places where campers get to see and experience the beauty of our country. The list is of no particular order; each place is magnificent and unique in its own right.
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Camp Homelani is located on the North Shore of the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. Homelani means Heavenly Home, and from this picture, you can see why. The camp sits on nine acres with majestic mountain views, beautiful sunsets and an occasional rainbow.
Camp High Peak
Salvation Army Camp High Peak is set at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park and home to this picturesque antique grist mill.
Salvation Army Camp Arnold at Timberlake is located on 650 pristine acres about an hour south of Seattle, Washington. The spectacular view of Mount Rainier is the reason this camp is on our list. Founded in 1966, Camp Arnold also is home to beautiful secluded meadows and a wetland beaver habitat.
Camp Redwood Glen
The Salvation Army Camp Redwood Glen is set in beautiful Scotts Valley, nine miles north of Santa Cruz, California. Nestled among 206 acres of scenic Redwoods, Madrones, Oaks, and Eucalyptus trees, tens of thousands of children have been given the opportunity to come to Redwood Glen in its 60 years of operation. This pictures was taken on a foggy morning overlooking the camp property. (Photo Courtesy: Jeff Rutschow)
The Salvation Army Wonderland Camp is located about an hour north of Chicago in Camp Lake, Wisconsin. It began in 1903 as a Salvation Army “Fresh Air Camp” which provided a retreat for low income mothers and their children. The Salvation Army purchased 62 acres on Camp Lake in 1923 and it officially opened the next spring as Camp Wonderland. With its tranquil lakeside vistas, today it ranks as one of the largest camp and conference centers in the Midwest.
Salvation Army Camp Mihaska is nestled in the foothills of the Missouri Ozark Mountains. On the north side of camp are the Blue Springs that flow into the North Pond and South Pond. That’s where you will discover several stone bridges, including this one with its waterfall. For more than 60 years, this 750 acre camp has been a Christian retreat and sanctuary.
Kings Lake Camp
Kings Lake Camp lies between two mountain ranges just outside of Wasilla, Alaska. The camp sits on more than 200 acres of land encompassing King’s Lake with this picturesque view. The Salvation Army has been running Kings Lake since 1998, but the camp dates back to the early 1930’s.
Star Lake Camp
Star Lake Camp is located in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. It has been serving campers from the Greater New York area since 1923. It sits on 400 acres of secluded woods, lakes and hills. This is one of three lakes with its waterfall and scenic bridge. The lakes offer campers the opportunities to go fishing, boating or swimming. Star Lake Camp is adjoined by two large tracts of wooded property that give campers a chance to hike and observe all types of wildlife and natural beauty.
Camp Mount Crags and Camp Gilmore
The Salvation Army’s Camp Mount Crags and Camp Gilmore are located together on a secluded property, surrounded by towering cliffs of the Santa Monica Mountain range of Malibu, California. Every summer since 1939, the property has hosted a series of camps for underprivileged teens and children from the greater Los Angeles area.
Camp Walter Johnson
The Salvation Army’s Camp Walter Johnson is nestled among the tall pine and hardwood trees of Denton, North Carolina. The camp opened in 1974 and sits on 250 acres that back up to High Rock Lake. This is the camp’s smaller lake and the bridge that crosses it. The camp is named in honor of a local resident who donated land for the camp. You can help a young person experience the beauty here and send them to Camp Walter Johnson this summer. Click here to find out how you can #SendaKidtoCamp.