Making Memories and Changing Lives at Camp Rappahannock

Jul 6, 2023

The Salvation Army of Central Maryland's Boys and Girls Clubs embarked on a memorable journey at Camp Rappahannock in Virginia. Boys and girls from Glen Burnie, Franklin Square, and Middle River came together to experience the joy and growth that a summer camp brings. Our kids will also be celebrating National Boys and Girls Club week at Camp from July 3rd until July 8th.

William Boone, Area Director of the Boys and Girls Club, expressed his thoughts about the transformative power of the camp: "Camp Rappahannock is more than just a recreational getaway; it is a positive and life-changing experience for these children. At camp, they discover their potential, build lasting friendships, and develop a sense of belonging and self-worth."

At Camp Rappahannock, children participated in exciting adventure activities like rock climbing, zip-lining, and obstacle courses, pushing their boundaries and embracing their adventurous spirit. Kids had a blast expressing their creativity through arts and crafts sessions, allowing them to make beautiful souvenirs and cherish the memories of their camp experiences. Friendly competitions and team sports not only encouraged physical activity but also promoted teamwork, communication, and healthy competition among the children. Kids gathered around the campfire sharing stories , laughter, and  created a warm and inviting atmosphere for friendship and bonding. Camp Rappahannock went beyond just recreational activities; it provided a space for children to explore their spirituality and learn more about God through engaging and age-appropriate sessions.

Here are five reasons why Summer Camp is Essential

Building Confidence: Camp provides a safe and encouraging environment for kids to step out of their comfort zones. Engaging in new activities and challenges allows them to build confidence in their abilities.

Creating Lifelong Friendships: Camp Rappahannock served as a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and personalities. Here, children made friends from different communities, fostering empathy and understanding while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Unplugging from Screens: In today's digital age, summer camp presents a unique opportunity for children to disconnect from electronic devices and connect with nature and each other, encouraging them to live in the present moment.

Learning Valuable Life Skills:  At camp, kids acquire essential life skills like teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. These skills not only aid them during their time at camp but also prepare them for future challenges.

Boosting Resilience: Overcoming obstacles and adapting to new environments fosters resilience in children, teaching them how to bounce back from setbacks and face life's challenges with a positive attitude.


At The Salvation Army, we believe that every child deserves the chance to experience the magic of summer camp. By making a donation, you can help us send more children from underserved communities to Camp Rappahannock and other enriching experiences. Click here to make a donation.

Together, we can inspire hope and empower the next generation to dream big and reach for the stars.

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