Scotian Glen Camp is Hitting the Road for Summer 2021

young female camper enjoys a slushi
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Scotian Glen Camp is hitting the road! This summer, The Salvation Army will be operating a unique summer day camp in communities across the Maritimes to ensure children in need don’t miss out on this life-changing experience.

In February, The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters made the decision that summer camps across Canada would not operate overnight camping in 2021 to ensure the safety of our staff and campers.

“When we received the news, we jumped into planning mode. We know camp is so important to children we had to find a way to bring it to them this summer,” explains Major Carson Decker, divisional children and youth secretary.

The Scotian Glen Camp team has created a mobile camp experience. Through the summer, they will be travelling across the Maritimes, bringing the camp experience to children and youth in need.

“At each location will be a unique fun day experience. We will have everything from inflatables, s’more stations, science experiments, BBQ, crafts, games and more. The evenings will also include a special time to spend with teens.”

“At each location will be a unique fun day experience”

In addition, they are running their camp-in-a-box program for the second year in a row.

“This year the boxes are even better. Each day has a different theme which includes Messy Monday, Top-Chef Tuesday, Wet Wednesday, Tune-Up Thursday and Friendship Friday. Each box has activities centered around those themes. They also include virtual connection opportunities.”

The team at Scotian Glen Camp has also created a social media and virtual component. Over eight-weeks, they will be hosting virtual activities, social media contests and theme nights to keep campers and their families connected to staff over the summer months.

“It’s really important to stay connected with our campers so we have created virtual activities that include Epic Bake-Off, games nights, Disney Night and more.”

“We are going above and beyond to connect with our campers until we can meet in-person again”

The goal of all three elements is to stay connected to children and youth, and remind them of their value and importance – which is a huge component of the traditional summer camp.

“The Salvation Army’s camping ministry is a unique opportunity for underprivileged kids to expand their knowledge, build friendships and learn new skills. We are going above and beyond to connect with our campers until we can meet in-person again.”