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Washington, DC – This week, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is sponsoring 80 inner city District of Columbia children on a fun-filled week-long adventure to Camp Happyland in rural Virginia. The camp is hosting the group of 40 girls and 40 boys, ranging in age from 6 -12, from July 25-30. The kids boarded buses at the Sherman Avenue Corps in Nortwest DC for the nearly two-hour journey to the camp. 

During their time at Camp Happyland, the children will be able to enjoy swimming, hiking, and participate in making crafts and other character building activities.

National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris says, “DC Community Camp is an amazing program where The Salvation Army provides kids a much needed break from the big city. It’s an opportunity for them to have fun with their peers, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. For most of these kids, attending DC Community Camp at Camp Happyland is the only vacation they will have this summer. If not for the generosity of our donors most of these families could not otherwise afford to send them to camp. Our hope is that we will have a positive impact on their lives.”

DC Community Camp is open to children from low income families living in the District of Columbia. Donations made to The Salvation Army underwrite the cost to parents allowing them to pay based on a sliding scale.

About Camp Happyland

Camp Happyland, located amid the rolling hills of Spotsylvania County approximately 90 minutes from the nation’s capital in Richardsville, VA, is situated on 215 acres including woods, a lake, practice field, trails, cabins and a spiritual center.  It is open to children for residential camping trips and groups of seniors for day trips. The Salvation Army has provided camping for children in the National Capital and Virginia areas since the 1920s. Prior to its present location, Camp Happyland was located in Patuxent, MD, and Prince William County, VA. The camp has been open in its Richardsville location since 1969. The American Camping Association accredited facility is operated by The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

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