Make a Positive and Important Difference

Service-learning is often confused with community service, but they are different. While volunteerism and community service are components of the service-learning education model, service-learning emphasizes both service and learning and requires participants to use their knowledge and skills to address real-life needs in their own communities. At Camp Helping Hands, we spend a lot of time reflecting on what the campers are doing and why. When led through this exercise, campers gain a deeper understanding of how their work is truly making a difference.

Camp Helping Hands incorporates components of the service-learning process, which is not only educational, but also engaging and fun! While CHH campers enjoy numerous recreational activities, the core mission is to get children involved in their community at an early age. Involving children in their community through service-learning teaches them compassion and empathy for others as they make a positive and important difference in themselves and their community. Service-learning not only enhances psychological, social and emotional intellectual development, there are also countless benefits and positive outcomes for all participants involved.

Campers Will Have the Opportunity to:

  • develop empathy and feel socially responsible.

  • gain increased self-esteem and self-knowledge.

  • make a positive difference in the lives of others, their community and themselves.

  • understand that we are all fundamentally the same regardless of race, religion, ability or status.

  • gain critical thinking and inquiry skills as issues are examined.

  • learn to collaborate and trust in one another.

  • strengthen community ties as they work toward common goals.

  • improve communication, problem-solving, and social skills.

  • learn that one person can make a difference.

  • develop leadership skills that will continue to serve them and their communities for a lifetime.

Staff and Teen Trainees will:

  • learn to exercise compassion for others.

  • meet new people.

  • attain new ways to learn and develop skills.

  • become skilled at teaching their skills to others.

  • gain hands-on work experience.

  • build self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • earn needed community service hours.

  • feel needed and valued.

  • show ambition, enthusiasm, and a desire to improve one’s community.

  • network with colleagues in other organizations and agencies.

  • make a difference in someone’s life.

Community service partners gain:

  • added human resources needed to achieve organizational goals.

  • new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into the organization’s work.

  • long-term growth for the organization’s volunteer pool through exposure.

  • increased public awareness of key issues.

  • exposure to youth—an important part of any organization’s future support.

  • awareness among students/youth about community issues and how they can help.