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Full Time Staff

Hope for Kids summer programming is nothing without our incredible Full Time Staff. The experience you get working on full time staff is unique and irreplaceable. When you are a part of staff you get spiritual training and job training while sweating and having fun. If you want an experience that will help you mature in your faith, take on responsibility, and learn to have fun no matter what, then this is for you!   

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Patricia
Tommy
TK
Liyanni
Jay
Julie
Beza
John
Freedom

Full Time Staff
Summer 2024 Applications are open until December 31st at midnight and January 5th for recommendations.

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Ari, Crew Team

"I enjoyed the unity and family feel that you get with the other staff members. It really is such a unique way to quickly bond with so many different people, and start building what could up being life long relationships!"

Timberly Williams

  • 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.
  • 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 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 info@hopeforkids.org ids.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, sign, and abide by our code of conduct shown below. DRESS CODE We want to build relationships and not rules, so our guidelines are quite simple. 1) We ask for ALL (regardless of age or gender) to wear clothes that cover the THREE B’s: Bottoms, Breasts/Chests, and Bellies. For example, yoga pants/shorts we ask for long, loose-fitting shirts that sufficiently cover the bottom and with shorts we ask for mid-thigh length; For muscle shirts to have appropriate cut outs on the side that do not reveal the chest or abdomen. 2) For the pool, we ask that girls wear a one piece or two piece swimsuit (that covers the belly and bottom) and NON COTTON shorts (if the swimsuit does not cover the bottom well), and for the boys, swim trunks and NON COTTON shirts. Dri-fit shirts and athletic shorts are best. Dress Code Enforcement At HFK we will strive to enforce the dress code while maintaining personal dignity. By enforcing the dress code, we are not making any comments about an individual’s personal modesty, but are simply seeking to build the overall camp culture. We will strive for the enforcement to be as gentle and non-shaming as possible. With that end in mind, each person on property will be expected to abide by the dress code. Download 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?
    Please call the Hope for Kids camp office number 610-287-6000.
  • 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?
    Registration for June programs is June 1st. Registration for July programs is July 1st. We ask that all payment and health profiles are completed by the program's deadline. Camp programs may close before June/July 1st if capacity is reached. To find out the dates of camps, please see our home page https://www.hopeforkids.org. If you have any questions about our programs or registering your camper, please email us at info@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.
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