Camp Appalachia was founded to be part of the solution for the widespread problem that is plaguing our community. It is no secret that we are dealing with the repercussions of the opioid epidemic that has claimed many lives and families. We do not claim to be the answer to the whole problem, but we are an answer to the innocent children who are born into families where the norm is generational poverty and destructive choices. We would be naïve to think that children who experience the trauma of a parent overdosing, or experience being pulled from their family because of the decisions their caregiver makes will have the resiliency within themselves to overcome those situations on their own.
What do we do about the child whose normal is chaos and dysfunction?
We reteach normal.
Camp Appalachia is a residential camp located in Scott Depot, West Virginia. We serve West Virginia’s high-risk and marginalized children, many of whom have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic. We provide these trauma informed services free of charge to our campers and their families to ensure that our campers have an experience of a lifetime that teaches them what a life filled with being resilient, making positive choices, and being a person of good character looks like. Campers are taught about the love of Jesus and through daily opening and closing ceremonies.
During their time at Camp Appalachia, campers have many opportunities including mastering our climbing wall, swimming, hiking, archery, fishing, boating, and many other outdoor activities. We know how to provide a great camp experience, however as culture and society have changed, so have the needs of the individuals that we have the honor of serving. This is why we have partnered with amazing groups that are experts in their prospective fields. Campers receive academic instruction from state certified teachers in our outdoor learning center to help combat summer learning loss. We have partnered with the West Virginia Division of Forestry and provide our outdoor education via Project Learning Tree. We are partners with the Health and Human Performance Department of West Virginia State University. This partnership helps us be a place that champions diversity and provides us with the opportunity to be a place for students to participate in internships with full access to faculty and university resources. We have partnered with the Putnam Wellness Coalition and Prestera to provide substance abuse prevention and counseling to our participants.
Although our residential program only runs throughout the summer, Camp Appalachia is in full operation twelve months per year. We provide programming for kids with special needs in our partnership with Bright Futures. We also provide food for local students from low socio-economic backgrounds. We offer family counseling services, as well as GED services. We also offer outdoor education year round.
With your help, we can continue to provide these amazing activities and programs. We are asking for your support. Camp Appalachia has a mission of changing our community, by sharing the love of Jesus, in a setting where many who will not go to church will be exposed to who Jesus is. Please consider joining many others in our community by committing to financially support us at one of the following levels.