Today there are more than 42,000 Veterans who have been wounded in the War on Terror. Any retired or active member of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, who has been wounded in the War on Terror, male or female, residing in any state, is welcome to participate in Camp Hope’s free outdoor adventures.
As of the end of 2011, in just four short years, about 100 Veterans had enjoyed the benefits of a Camp Hope retreat. They have come from the Carolinas, Oklahoma, California, Colorado and many other states. In May of 2011 Camp Hope proudly welcomed it’s first female troop. All who attend come for free with all expenses paid, including travel.
With three brand new, beautiful ADA-compliant, completely and handicapped accessible sleeping cabins, Camp Hope can accommodate Veterans with a variety of disabilities. But at Camp Hope, we help our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen realize their abilities. As one Camp Hope Soldier explained, “If you don’t have a leg and you want to climb a tree stand, you climb a tree stand; no one holds you back… no one is telling you ‘you can’t.’” He adds, “Camp Hope makes you feel like a man again… like a Soldier.”
Camp Hope was created to honor the fallen by helping the wounded. It was started by a Gold Star family as a tribute to their son simply as a place where wounded soldiers could just do whatever they wanted and not be held back by their injury. But whether its the healing power of nature or the bonding that goes on among those who attend, a healing occurs at Camp Hope, and participants often report leaving more relaxed, happier and not as angry than they came. As the wife of one Camp Hope Soldier said, “Camp Hope gave me back my husband… and my children back their dad.”
A retreat in every sense of the word: numerous State and National Parks surround the area, offering Camp Hope Soldiers myriad activities, such as camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking and golf. Beyond the actual gates of Camp Hope, technology is left behind to allow nature in. Bonding takes place through face-to-face conversations in the woods, around the firepit, or at the newly-constructed centralized Lodge.
To hear Camp Hope Veterans explain what Camp Hope means to them, please watch the Camp Hope video. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online request form to find out how you can become a member of the Camp Hope family.