For thousands of kids in Maryland who've suffered abuse or neglect, camp can be a therapeutic getaway.
Located on over 900 acres, Hashawa Environmental Center in Westminster offers nature lovers endless opportunities. In two weeks, it will play host to a special group of campers: abused children ages 7 to 11.
"A lot of kids in here were abused and neglected. It's a pretty rough situation," said Darlene Waldt, director of Camp Opportunity.
Camp Opportunity is a nonprofit that for 30 years has worked with the Department of Social Services to provide a week-long free camp for kids.
"They get to go fishing. They get to camp out, and obviously, be in nature. Some of our kids are from the city. They've never seen nature in some ways. They've never been camping. They've never done anything like this so it's a really great opportunity for them to get out in the fresh air and have a great time, and just see something that's totally different from what they might see at home," Waldt said.
The goal is to grow their confidence and self-esteem.
Camp Opportunity is currently seeking counselors and volunteers for the 2024 Camp Season! Discover more by visiting Camp Opportunity here.
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