Type of Approach:

  • Group

Provider Education Level:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Other
  • Para-professional
  • PhD


  • Less than 12 weeks

Trauma Type:

  • Disrupted Attachment
  • Domestic Violence

Trauma Symptom:

  • Unspecified


  • Other
  • Other Community Settings


Type of services:

Camping and mentoring experiences for children exposed to domestic violence

Program setting:

Kidder Creek Camp (Etna, CA) – Kidder Creek is an adventure camp near the California/Oregon border; Camp HOPE is also developing a property on the Central California Coast near Arroyo Grande, CA (Bethel Ranch).

Length of program/number of sessions:

6 days (five weeks per summer at present)

Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:

Children exposed to domestic violence and physically and sexually abused children

Types of service providers:

Family Justice Center professionals; Community-based domestic violence agency professionals including child-trauma therapists and mental health professionals; Camping professionals; teen and college age youth counselors; and adult volunteers

Additional information:

Camp HOPE is the first dedicated camp for children exposed to domestic violence. It started in San Diego in 2003 and has now expanded into a statewide model in California. In 2013, 375 children, youth counselors, and adult mentors participated in Camp HOPE.

Unique/Innovative Characteristics

Challenge by Choice camping model; Values-based; character trait-focused; Whitewater rafting; Ropes courses; Horses; Affirmation; Encouragement; Teens/College students serving as counselors/youth mentors; Small group discussions; Theatre elements with themed skits on bullying; what to do when parent’s fight; believing in others; believing in yourself; believing in your dreams. Adult mentor/youth counselor to camper ratio of 1 to 2.

Date Added/Updated:



  • 13-17 (Adolescent)
  • 6-12 (Childhood)


  • English
  • Spanish

Ethnic Racial Group:

  • American Indian, Alaska Native, Other Indigenous
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Immigrant or Refugee
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • White

Caregivers Included:

  • Other

Population Adaptations:

Age range of children served:

2nd Grade – 10th Grade

Parent/adult caregiver(s) included in intervention:

Some Family Justice Centers include parents in a Winter Camp weekend, but parents are not included in the summer camping experience.

Ethnic/racial and other groups served:

ALL; Predominately, Latino, African-American, Native American, and other children of color.

Specific cultural adaptations:

Native American cultural education is included in specific weeks.

Languages that service/resource is available:

English; Spanish


Theoretical basis:

Hope Theory – Using validated Children’s HOPE Index (Young, 1997; Hellman, 2012)

Outcome indicators:

Resiliency factors; Competency; Measuring Agency and Pathways in Hope Theory analysis;

Evaluation Studies:

Evaluation Studies:

University of Oklahoma, Dr. Chan Hellman, 918-660-3484 Email:

Published results:


Pilot or evaluation studies in progress:

Yes. HOPE Scale pre-camp 25.5/HOPE Scale post-camp 27.6.

Program replicated elsewhere:

Camp HOPE Idaho developing in 2014; Camp HOPE Oklahoma slated to begin in 2015; other states are now evaluating the model

Publications about the program:

Yes. Available in the Alliance Resource Library at: under the File Folder Camp HOPE.

Rated/Reviewed by Evidence Based Registries:

This intervention was not rated by the registries/databases we reviewed.

Training Contact:

Casey Quinn, 888-511-3522

Training Notes:

Training manuals/protocols:

Yes. See Resource Library at in File Folder Camp HOPE.

Availability of Training:

Yes. Online trainings available; Observation training available at Camp HOPE during summer weeks of camp in June, July, or August.

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