Signs of Hope Camp

Signs of Hope camp provides an opportunity for 65 foster and adopted children to spend the last days of summer learning about God’s love and grace along with other campers who have similar life stories. By providing a fun and safe environment, campers are able to make and strengthen their connections with other campers, counselors, and God.

This overnight summer camp for children 7-11 years of age, held at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Signs of Hope Camp taught me a lot about gratitude and the power of a positive mindset. I learned I have so many blessings in my life that I take for granted. So many of the kids I worked with have to deal with so much at such a young age, but despite all the challenges and obstacles they have had to face they continue to smile and play to their hearts content. It’s so inspiring to see how even in difficult situations, these kids remain resilient and don’t let anything weigh them down. Sometimes even children can be our greatest teachers.

-Volunteer

One camper was having a really hard time due to some hard issues she was facing at home. She was kind of emotional about it multiple times, but a few of the other campers in our cabin were very understanding and could relate. They made sure to comfort her as best they could and shared their own experiences with their parents or in foster care and it made for a very bonding moment. It was beautiful to see the relationships and bonds that were built out of one week together.

-Counselor

“God thank you for the good times we had. I loved it here. I know it’s my last day here for me, but I just want to saythank you for everything, making new friends, go in activities and also swimming and the slide. God I want you to be in my heart forever.”

-Camper