Send a Kid
to Camp

There is something restorative about providing a child with the opportunity to leave the city and the worries of living at home behind and to explore nature. There’s something spiritual about connecting wth the soil and the trees and the water – God’s amazing creation. You can help send a child to camp this summer and give them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime.

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Changing Lives One Summer at a Time

Continuing a long-standing Salvation Army service, and a long history of Salvation Army camping in the Carolinas, Camp Walter Johnson was opened in Denton, NC in 1974. Each summer, youth from many Salvation Army units all over the Carolinas come to camp, situated on High Rock Lake, for a week that can literally change their lives.

Creating New Boundaries

Our facilities and our conscientious staff help children explore their sense of adventure. In the process they often learn important lessons about who they are and who they want to become. Whether at the waterfront, on the ball field, or on the high ropes course, children can safely face their fears.

Helping Kids Grow

We do more than provide three square meals a day and lead children in games. We encourage children to participate in developmentally-appropriate games and tasks that are designed to teach them important lessons, all within a larger context of what it means to be a child of God.

Spiritual Connection

Above all, we see a design spark — God's own handiwork — in each child that attends our summer camp program. The Salvation Army recognizes that we are all made in God's image and encourages children to connect with God in their own way during their stay at camp.

Children deserve the opportunity to thrive. When a child attends a summer camp operated by The Salvation Army, they learn lessons that last a lifetime.

Interested in Having Your Child Attend?

The Salvation Army Camp Walter Johnson provides young people from 7-17 the opportunity to connect with God and their friends in a beautiful setting outside of Denton, NC. Registration for camp is processed by The Salvation Army in your local community. To find out if your child can attend, please start by contacting your local officer.

Naomi's Story

The summer of 2008 was the first in twelve years that I would not be spending at a camp. As a high school student, I began working at camps in British Columbia until I finally found my way south to Camp Walter Johnson in 2001. I accepted a position with The Salvation Army here that involved leadership at the summer music conservatory program.

I wheeled around and immediately recognized the face of the girl in the photo I had taken six years earlier. Naomi, from Raleigh, has been involved with camp ever since that first summer and has really enjoyed herself. She clearly had a great group of friends with her - I was ecstatic to see her doing so well. As a camp counselor, it's rare to reunite with campers that you counseled. I've been fortunate in that respect that I have crossed paths with several over the years, but I still have a long "where are they now" list.

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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