Our summer camps teach children how they can make a difference in their community and have fun doing it! Through weekly service field trips, onsite partner presentations, hands-on service projects, and reflection activities, children develop compassion by giving back and making a positive impact in their community.
Camp Helping Hands is a four-week program that provides fun and educational service-learning opportunities within several different segments of our community. Each summer program has an overarching theme, and each week of programming supports that theme. For CHH campers to receive the full benefits of service-learning, it is important to embrace this four-week approach, though one, two, and three-week options are available. In addition to each week’s service projects and field trips, CHH campers also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and much more.
CHH places campers according to age into four age groups: Junior Helpers (6 and 7), Young Advocates (8 and 9), Super Agents (10 and 11), and Chief Aides (12 through 14*). Each group contains 15 to 17 campers and is led by two counselors and one counselor-in-training who guide them through age-appropriate activities. Chief Aides, our oldest age group, are Jr. counselors-in-training (Jr. CIT’s). In addition to participating in camp activities like our younger campers, they assist team counselors and camp administration with tasks as needed.
*Campers 14 years of age entering their freshman year in high school can also participate in the Jr. CIT program.