Young people who have experienced the incarceration of a family member gain support and encouragement at Camp Hope. Children and youth from the age of 8 to 12 can attend Camp Hope at the Pictured Rocks Camp and Retreat Center this summer.
They’ll have a lot of fun, of course. But the camp experience also provides some time and space to know God more and find healing in a safe place. Compassionate, caring staff work with campers throughout the three-day event.
In previous years the events have been held at the Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center outside of Indianola in central Iowa. This year’s expansion to Pictured Rocks offers a second sight in eastern Iowa. In all about 60 kids will receive scholarships to come to Camp Hope for free this summer.
“There is enough need to justify a second Camp Hope,” said David Hobbs, the Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation in the Iowa Conference. “We’ve worked extensively with the Iowa Department of Corrections and the Women at the Well United Methodist Church” at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville in the last two years.
Conference apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches throughout Iowa help to support this ministry.