The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 20, 2013

Salvation Army helps send at-risk kids to summer camp

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Each year, Salvation Army in Enid sends needy children to summer camp at Camp Heart O’ Hills near Tahlequah, where they get to hike in the woods, make crafts, sing by the campfire, make new friends, learn life skills and build self-reliance and confidence.

“For the most needy children in Garfield County, these simple joys seem unattainable,” said Major John Dancer of Enid’s Salvation Army. “These at-risk kids will spend their summer wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids — a recipe for trouble.”

Last year, 35 local children were given the opportunity to attend camp, thanks to sponsorships. As the end of the school year draws near, Salvation Army is seeking donations to send children to camp this summer.

“It’s an experience not to be missed,” Dancer said. “Time spent at camp can be a life-changing experience for kids. It can instill feelings of self-worth, open up the world and offer hope for the future.”    

Dancer would like to send 35 children to camp again this year.

“There are lots of spots left and not enough money to fill them,” Dancer said. “I hope the community will come through for these deserving kids. For many of them, it’s the highlight of the whole year.”    

To donate to The Salvation Army, call (580) 237-1910; mail a check to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 708 Enid, Oklahoma 73702; or make a donation online at /uss/www_uss_enidok.nsf

“We are so grateful to our friends who sponsored these children,” Dancer said. “What a difference their generosity made in these children’s lives. The kids got to interact with caring adults who listened to them and showed them love and concern.

“Our campers not only enjoyed nutritious meals and explored the great outdoors, they learned important new life-skills, like anger management and conflict resolution, that will stand them in good stead for their future.”Ċ