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Salvation Army, seeks support for summer camp

The Salvation Army, Ridgecrest Lt. Gina Noble– The Salvation Army, Ridgecrest, request your financial support for our 2023 Community Campership Campaign.  Our goal is to raise $50,000 from March 1st to June 1st, 2023.  

We are sending 100 youth aged 8-17 from Ridgecrest and neighboring communities to our Camp Redwood Glen in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  For over 75 years, we have been allowing underserved and at-risk youth to attend a week-long residential summer camp.  

Many children will attend camp at no cost or more than $25 a day for the family.  No child will be turned away if their family cannot afford the camp fees.  Many families The Salvation Army serves are working hard but cannot meet the most basic financial needs. For these children, the opportunity to go camping is only possible with community support.  Camp provides for their basic needs and so much more.

The campers are provided a safe, warm bed and enjoy lots of good food. For some kids, the three meals a day around a table family style, afternoon snack shop, and evening snack time are a reason why this is the best week of the year. Add to those necessities that each child is provided with the knowledge that they are loved, and their dreams are attainable.  Camp is a wonderful opportunity to participate in mentoring programs that encourage children of all ages and build their self-esteem and confidence.  

Daily adventurous hikes are in the redwood forest and down by the creek. The most popular activity for IWV kids is daily swimming in the refreshing pool. Activities like archery, wrist rockets, paintball, and all kinds of sports like soccer, kickball, capture the flag and relay races, and tug of war on our athletic turf field let kids run around in the cool mountain air.  There are lots of arts and crafts. The schedule includes a daily afternoon rest time, and we encourage reading through our outdoor library for 30 minutes daily.  The campers also have a few hours of free time to choose their activity in the afternoons.

The fun days end with evening campfires and camp songs too.  

Campers aged 8-12 are in Discovery Camp, and Teens aged 13-17 are in Outdoor Adventure Camp. Ridgecrest camp dates are June 12-17, 2023. We also have a music- and art-focused special camp for teens aged 13-17, happening July 10 -15, 2023.

The camp staff is made up of young adults from all over the state.  The camp recruits on college campuses and brings in international staff worldwide.  We have a few older teens applying to work at camp this summer.

This summer, we plan to bus children to camp by contracting with Sierra Sands Unified School District and keep the transportation funds local.

Go check out to learn a bit more about this amazing place that is dedicated to changing lives. 

This year we are trying to reach a goal of raising $50,000 to send 100 kids to summer camp.  Would you consider a donation to help the kids who need it most get to go camping this summer? We ask you to be a part of transforming young lives by generously donating to The Salvation Army. Drop by 151 N. Downs St. RC on Weekdays, 9 am-3 pm, with your $500 campership donation to support one child with an amazing week of residential summer camp. You can contribute by cash, check, and credit card and mail your gift to PO Box 189 Ridgecrest, CA 93556. Please specify Campership on your donation.  You can also give electronically on our website: 

All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. 

May God continue to bless you as you have blessed so many others, especially the children!

For more information, contact Lt. Gina Noble (760) 375-7219, ex 109