Type of Approach:
Provider Education Level:
Type of services:
Camping and mentoring experiences for children exposed to domestic violence
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
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.
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.
Ethnic Racial Group:
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:
Hope Theory – Using validated Children’s HOPE Index (Young, 1997; Hellman, 2012)
Resiliency factors; Competency; Measuring Agency and Pathways in Hope Theory analysis;
University of Oklahoma, Dr. Chan Hellman, 918-660-3484 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.familyjusticecenter.com under the File Folder Camp HOPE.
Rated/Reviewed by Evidence Based Registries:
This intervention was not rated by the registries/databases we reviewed.
Casey Gwinn, (619) 980-8883
Yes. See Resource Library at www.familyjusticecenter.com 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.
- Casey Gwinn
- Family Justice Center
- 707 Broadway, Ste. 700
- San Diego, CA 92101
- www.familyjusticecenter.com; www.camphopecalifornia.com.