Camp HOPE America is the leading year-round camping and mentoring program in the country for children and teens impacted by domestic violence. We are focused on creating collaborative, trauma-informed, as well as hope-centered and healing-centered pathways for trauma-exposed youth to believe in themselves, in others, and in their dreams. Learn more about the journey and mission of Camp HOPE America through this introductory course. You will explore the basics of the program’s model and methodology, as well as learn how to get involved in the Camp HOPE America community – whether that’s as a participant or a HOPE Giver!
- Gain an understanding of Camp HOPE America’s impact through testimonials and video footage.
- Learn the basics of Camp HOPE America including the program mission, model, requirements to run a successful program, and existing locations.
- Understand the different ways to get involved with Camp HOPE America on both the national and local level – as a participant, volunteer, donor, or future staff member.
Training Length: 90-105 minutes
Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International and the Founder of Camp HOPE America and is also the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. In 2002, he founded the first Camp HOPE America in San Diego and it is now moving across the country. Casey is a national expert on domestic violence, including prosecution, strangulation, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and best practices. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.
John Hamilton is the Director of Camp HOPE America. He collaborates with the Camp HOPE America team, human services organizations, and camps or conference centers to bring a hope-filled experiences to campers around the country. John works with experts in several industries, learning from their perspectives, and working to bridge the gap between the youth development and social work field to incorporate trauma-informed care in the camp setting and healing-centered engagement. John holds a master’s degree from Western Seminary, where he focused on leadership, social justice, and hospitality. He specializes in forging unlikely partnerships, developing unified teams, and moving people from theory into practice. John and his wife, Lana, live in San Diego with their four daughters, Sadie, Kallan, Eleanor, and Wren.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Camp HOPE America (10 minutes)
- Camp HOPE America – Oregon Video
- Affiliate Video
Lesson 2: Purpose (10 minutes)
- HOPE Science
- Camp HOPE America Mission
- Greater Significance and Statistics
Lesson 3: History (10 minutes)
- Camp HOPE America Origins
- Growth and Expansion
Lesson 4: Intro to Camp HOPE America 101 (20 minutes)
- Camp HOPE America Model
- Camp HOPE America Values
- Camp HOPE America Map
Lesson 5A: Referring a Child (15-20 minutes)
- Affiliate Locations
Lesson 5B: Starting a Program (15-20 minutes)
- Lead vs. Allied Affiliates
- Application Process
- Readiness Logistics and Timeline
- Application Link
Lesson 5C: Supporting a Program (10 minutes)
- Donating Nationally
- Donating Locally