Camp SWONEKY provides a respite from the world, enabling individiuals to refocus their lives and priorities. Whether families are touched by disease or divorce, whether they are poor in money or poor in spirit, or whether they simply need a break from their hectic pace of life, they find relief at Camp SWONEKY. And they find hope! Many also find a calling, returning to Camp SWONEKY year after year as staff members, counselors, and volunteers.
Camp SWONEKY is owned and operated by The Salvation Army, one of the largest charitable and service organizations in the world. The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865, supporting those in need without discrimination.
The purpose of Salvation Army camping is to serve the needs of campers: physical, social, and spiritual. For physical needs, our aim is to help campers develop good health habits in cleanliness, proper rest, balanced diet, exercise, and care of the body. To meet social needs the camp provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and receive from a group living experience. The aim is to help campers make their own right decisions, stimulate creativity and foster independence.
The fact that The Salvation Army is a religious organization makes it possible for its camping program to integrate concern for the spiritual dimension of life. We believe in God, His Word, and what it teaches, and a pattern of living exemplified by Jesus Christ.
These purposes are achieved through carefully selected staff, well planned programs, and the highest standards of health and safety.
The Goals of Salvation Army Camping
1. To promote an awareness of God, His love, and, through the love of Jesus Christ, to aid spiritual growth and knowledge of basic human values.
2. To give children, youth, and adults a fun-filled, healthful, safe, educational, and inspirational experience in the outdoors.
3. To help develop an understanding, appreciation, and sense of stewardship for the outdoors, for the natural environment, and for all living creatures.
4. To help individuals grow in understanding themselves and each other, and especially for children to experience relationships with staff members as caring adults; to offer opportunity for people of varied cultures to develop compassion and love for each other.
5. To provide a loving and supportive environment where families can learn to cope with and solve their problems.
6. To facilitate creative self-expression through worship, song, work, play, physical activity, and the development of new skills.
7. To allow each person to participate in planning programs, establish limits, and develop a sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of all.
8. To assist in developing an appreciation of the wonder and joy of the miracles of everyday living.