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About Us

What is
Hope for Kids?

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At Hope for Kids, we are changing children’s lives by connecting kids from widely different backgrounds with each other, with caring and consistent mentors, and with nature’s miracles. Since 1992, a group of dedicated individuals has banded together to build community and inspire the lives of all youth – not by keeping them separate, but by bringing them together each summer in a beautiful 88-acre camp facility in Pennsylvania. More than 15,000 kids have built lasting friendships, memories and a vibrant spiritual community at Hope for Kids over the past 24 years.

What We Do

Hope for Kids (or, as we like to call it, “Camp”) strives to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering connections through mentorship, service, and fun! Hope for Kids brings children between the ages of 8 to 17 to overnight camp for as short as one week and for as long as three months. Younger kids enjoy camp programs, such as R Camp, while teens have several special camping programs to choose from. Held in nature’s outdoor classroom, the emphasis is on teaching Christian values, leadership skills, teamwork, and learning to become environmental stewards and promote environmental sustainability. Campers build strong, life-changing relationships with counselors and mentors and many return year after year to enjoy sports, arts and crafts, talent shows, rock climbing, and other fun activities that build lasting friendships and memories that will remain with them forever.

Our Values

Hope for Kids teaches the values and traditions of the Christian faith. While we are faith-based, we are not faith-biased. Our emphasis is on providing all attendees with the opportunity to live in a safe, vibrant, culturally diverse and accepting community that we hope will cultivate future leaders and responsible citizens. Our goal is to build community and teach the values of serving, hard work, initiative, creativity, responsibility, and perseverance.

 

Mentoring is an important component of all our camp programs as counselors work closely with all our campers to model values and leadership skills. Our goal is for our counselors and mentors to model the way for campers, and to develop, what we like to call, a “Spiral of Service”.  Our "Spiral of Service" fosters volunteer opportunities for our campers and volunteers so that they can continue to engage in service in every life stage

Who Are We
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FAQ
  • Where is the Hope for Kids Camp located?
    129 Yerger Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 From Philadelphia: Take 76-W and take exit 327-328A-328B for US-202 W toward US-422 W/King of Prussia/W Chester/Pottstown. Take exit 328A on the left to merge onto US-422 W toward Pottstown. Take 422-W and exit at Limerick merging onto N Lewis Rd. At the Wawa gas station go straight into the round-about ahead and take the second exit of the round-about to Swamp Pike. Drive approximately 1.2 miles and take a right at Neiffer Rd., then drive 2.2 miles and take a right at Yerger Rd. Camp will be down the road on your left.
  • How do I register my child(ren) for camp?
    You can access the link to register for all programs on both the HOME and REGISTER tab on the website menu. You will be redirected to our CampDoc home page. New to CampDoc: If you are new to Hope for Kids, please click “sign up” and create an account with CampDoc. Once your account is open you can create a profile for your camper(s) and register for a program under the “Registration” tab on the dashboard. After clicking "Registration", you will see a new page where you will click “Register for a new session”. It is there that you will be able to search or scroll for the program you would like to register for. If you already have a CampDoc account: Please login to your account and select your camper's profile and click "Registration" on their dashboard. You can then follow the steps above (bold) . If you need to add a new participant, click the "+ New Participant" button and fill out the participant's information. Once you have created their profile, you can click "Registration" on their dashboard and follow the steps above (bold). To register for an additional program, click “Registration” again and follow the steps above. If you need any assistance or have further questions, please email us at info@hopeforkids.org.
  • How much is it to attend camp for the week?
    Please see the pricing below for each program, or go to each programs page under the "programs" tab. R Camp: $645 per camper. Teen Camp: $695 per camper. Special Week of Camp: $445 per camper, $53 per sibling and $53 per parent. Hope for Kids Leadership Academy (HFKLA): $1500.00 All adult volunteers are $50 for the week, and Junior Volunteers are $250.00. If you have any questions regarding pricing or how to pay, please email us at info@hopeforkids.org For HOPE Youth Corps pricing and to apply, please click here. For HOPE Volunteer Corps pricing and to apply, please click here.
  • What programs do you all offer and who are they for?
    Great question! Please see our programs below arranged by age group. AGE: 8-10 R Camp - (Rising 3rd graders - 8th grade) Camp Miracles - (Starting at 9 years old) Special Week of Camp - (Starting at 8 years old) AGE: 12-18 Teen Camp - (7th to 12th grade) Special Week of Camp HOPE Youth Corps - (Ages: 15-23) Leadership Academy (HFKLA) - (Ages: 16-22) Junior Volunteer - Junior Mentor, Junior Counselor, Counselor-In-Training or on Crew. HOPEww Volunteers Corps- (accompanied by a parent/guardian) MATURE PROGRAMS (Service & Leadership Programs) Leadership Academy (HFKLA) - (Ages: 16-22) Special Week of Camp (Young at Heart Program) - (Ages 18-25) HOPE Youth Corps - (Ages: 15-23) Harvest Worship Retreat - (Ages: 16+, but geared for mature participants) HOPEww Volunteers Corps- (All ages) Chance of a Lifetime - (Ages: 18-29) Adult Volunteer - Mentor, Counselor, Kitchen Staff, First Aid, or Maintenance. Full Time Staff: An opportunity to come work at camp all summer and help oversee all the ins-and-outs of the season. The applications features specific jobs and roles, and runs anywhere from 10-13 weeks of commitment. This year's application has already closed. (Ages: Available Starting at 18)
  • What should I pack (and NOT pack) for camp?
    Necessities: Bible, notebook & pen Twin sheets & blankets or a sleeping bag and pillow 2 towels andtoiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) water bottle,flashlight, bug spray and sunscreen bathing suit Girls: one-piece with dri-fit shorts Guys: swim trunks with dri-fit shirt (NO COTTON: if your child wishes to wear a shirt or shorts in the pool, it cannot be cotton; it must be swim material) Lots of t-shirts and shorts (please see our dress code below, FAQ #6) We ask that everyone wear shorts that are no shorter than mid-thigh. Lots of socks & undergarments 2 pairs of sneakers (in case one pair gets wet) long pants, sweatshirt or jacket (it can be cold at night) Rain-wear laundry bag. For R Camp: 1 can of non-menthol shaving cream for the shaving cream fight. Optional Items: Fan, camera (not phone camera), alarm clock, batteries, stamps/self-addressed stamped envelopes, paper & pen. Please Do Not Bring: ANY ELECTRONICS, including tablets, music devices,video games, televisions, computers, or cell phones! Also, no magazines, food, candy, or pets. (No candy or food is allowed in the cabins. Animals are attracted to food!). We ask all campers to leave their phones at home or with their parents upon departure. See more information on this below. Please note that anything your child brings which we perceive as inappropriate for camp will be held in the office until the end of the week. Camp Hope for Kids is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Medications: All medications (even over-the-counter meds) MUST be turned in to the Camp Nurses during check-in. Your child will visit the infirmary to get their medications. If you have questions about medications, please us at susan.hannon@hopeforkids.org
  • What is the Dress Code and Code of Conduct?
    At Hope for Kids we are dedicated to providing an excellent summer camp experience for all. To accomplish this goal, everyone is expected to behave appropriately and promote a safe, fun and healthy environment. We ask that ALL who come to the HFK property read, and abide by our code of conduct attached below. DRESS CODE Tops must appropriately cover the torso, shorts must be an appropriate length (recommended mid-thigh). Utilize the appropriate attire for the pool: Girls should wear a bathing suit that appropriately covers the torso (one piece or long two-piece) and are requested to wear non-cotton shorts in the pool. Boys should wear appropriate swim-bottoms with a non-cotton (recommended dry-fit) shirt. Cotton is not allowed in the pool due to the filter needs. Dress Code Enforcement As we strive to maintain our dress code, we will do so with gentleness and respect for everyone's personal dignity. With that end in mind, each person on property will be expected to adhere to the Hope for Kids' dress code. Download our full code of conduct here
  • What if my child has food allergies or sensitivities?
    For those with food allergies or sensitivities, please note that on your CampDoc registration. You are welcome to bring food and to store it in our Allergy Kitchen. Additionally, each week we will have Allergy Kitchen volunteers at check-in to talk to you about your child’s allergies/sensitivities. Please feel free to contact us at info@hopeforkids.org with any food-related questions.
  • What time should we arrive at camp with our child(ren)?
    Check-in for ALL camps begins at 3pm. If you arrive before 3pm, you will have to wait.
  • When do we need to pick our child(ren) up from camp?
    Parents need to arrive on Saturday morning by 10am. The closing program will run 1 hour. Campers are formally dismissed after the closing ceremony ends.
  • What if there is an EMERGENCY and I need to get in touch with my child(ren) at camp?
    From 8 AM to 5 PM please call 610-287-6000. To reach us outside of those hours please call us at 267-421-0494.
  • Why can’t my child have a cell phone or electronics at camp?
    As much as we are able, we want to make camp a technology-free zone so that we are all free to focus on each other and our time at camp. It is rare for our campers to be “unplugged,” and we know it is challenging for them, so please help us by keeping all their electronics at home! If there is an emergency, we will get in touch with you or you can reach us at 610-287-6000 (see #9)
  • How do I complete my child’s paperwork for camp?
    Please go to our CampDoc homepage. If you are already registered, login to your account and go to your campers profile. If you have not registered your camper and are new to camp, then please click “Sign up” and create an account. Once your camper is registered, please click Health Profile and complete all the sections. Once your Health Profile is complete, it will say “100% complete” under your campers name.
  • What is your church affiliation?
    Hope for Kids is affiliated with the non-denominational organization of churches, the International Churches of Christ (ICOC). The ICOC churches serve an international community in over 150 countries, with members of all ages, ethnicities, and economic, social, and educational levels. Its members are committed, loving disciples of Christ using the Bible as their standard in their everyday lives. You can find out more about the ICOC here its main website: https://www.disciplestoday.org/
  • Can I bring my dog/pet to camp?
    Unfortunately pets are not allowed at Hope for Kids for campers or volunteers. If you have a Certified Service Animal, the animal is welcome to accompany you, but you will be asked to provide documentation of the service dog license. Additionally, we recognize that individuals may have an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), but unfortunately ESAs are not permitted.
  • When is the last day I can register my child for a camp program?
    R Camp 1 registration is closed. Special Week of Camp registration will close June 20th. Registration for R Camp 2 and Teen Camp is July 1st. We ask that all payment and health profiles are completed by the program's deadline. Camp programs may close before their deadline if capacity is reached. Please email us at info@hopeforkids.org if you have any questions regarding payment or registration deadlines. HFKLA applications are still open! To find out the dates of camps, please see our home page https://www.hopeforkids.org.
  • Can my camper or I stay over the Saturday between camps?
    Yes, we understand that some of you come a good distance to be at camp for the week, so we are happy to allow Volunteers and Campers to request to stay at camp on Saturday nights. Please complete this form at least 5 days prior to your arrival: Housing Request Form. Please be aware that other programs may still be running and our staff is off duty Saturday, so: Hope for Kids is only able to provide Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday for incoming volunteers and their children. If you will not be a volunteer for the upcoming week, you will need to go off site for meals. Hope for Kids is unable to provide the use of laundry machines, so please plan on going to a local laundromat to do laundry, or pack 2 weeks worth of clothes. ANYONE UNDER 18 MUST have an ADULT at camp with them that will take FULL responsibility for them between camps. You will need to provide the adult's name and contact information. We will verify with them that they will be responsible for your camper.
  • Do you host a webinar for parents who are sending their children to camp?
    Yes, we will host a webinar for parents whose campers will be attending R Camp on Saturday May 4th at 4 pm, and we will host a webinar for parents of Teen Campers on Sunday June 2nd at 7 PM. We will go over our camp policies, safety measures, and the exciting programming we have planned. You can register for our webinars under the "Events" tab. The webinars will be recorded, so feel free to register even if you cannot attend live, and we will send you the recording. If you have further questions, please email us at info@hopeforkids.org.
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