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Camp Day Out

Emerging HOPE Outreach Program for Urban Youth

Due to the Covid-19 Epidemic, Emerging HOPE Ministries will not host a virtual or in-person summer program.





























Emerging HOPE has respectfully worked together with many summer-day programs and residential summer camps and over the past twelve years to provide fun-filled summer experiences for urban youth. The program is designed to provide urban youth with safe and supportive community enrichment skills through recreational outdoor activities.  Likewise, the program aims to increase social emotional skills, resiliency skills, leadership skills and address mental and emotional concerns whereby empowering youth to live healthy, fully functioning lives.

Most parents start planning their kids’ summer activities months before school lets out for summer, whereas some tend to wait until the last minute. Although there are some benefits to waiting to the last minute, I highly recommend taking some time to plan for next summer, right now! It may seem crazy, but now is really the perfect time. If you start looking at camps in the winter, they will all be closed, and you won’t be able to visit. But when the camps are open for the summer, you can arrange to stop by and take a tour, see the campers in action, and decide if this camp is right for your kids.

A summer residential camp is truly a special and unique place of fun and fellowship for children. This amazing experience provides wonderful memories that last a lifetime.  There are so many positive impacts that a summer camp can have for children and teens.  This has been a productive camp season. We are grateful.  


CHRISTIAN CAMP IS SO GREAT FOR KIDS It's an opportunity disconnect. 
Our culture is loud. I don't mean loud as in volume level. Our culture is loud in that there is all sorts of ambient noise going on all the time. Between school, sports, homework, cell phones, video games, Facebook -- to name a few -- kids today can be spread so thin they are ready to break.  When they come to camp, they turn in their cell phones, unplug their music, and begin to breathe deeply again. It is very fun to see kids surprised by a sunset, or in awe at the sound of crickets at night. Within the first two days at camp, you can begin to see the walls of protection come crashing down.

Through camp, I have learned how to build trust and friendships with people that weren’t like me. I have learned the value of vulnerability: that sharing insecurities and fears with others is not weakness, but strength. I have learned to put relationships before my own desires, being slow to anger and quick to forgive (surprisingly I'm not perfect at this one yet). All these lessons continue to be important as I try to live my life as Jesus would. - Camper

Children have so much fun at camp they are likely unaware of all the valuable skills and lessons they are learning and the long-term benefits they are realizing. But in the meantime, they are storing up a lifetime of happy memories!

It seems like such an enormous decision to pick out the right camp for your child when there are so many options to choose from. How do you even get started? From the American Camp Association (ACA)

A camp may be described in nothing less than glowing terms in its brochure. The setting may be absolutely breathtaking, and activities may run the gamut from racquetball to modern dance. In the end, however, it is the human equation of how those activities are operated and conducted that determines the quality of the camp program.

Get to know the camp director as a person through telephone conversations, correspondence, and a personal visit. Have the director describe the camp’s philosophy and how the staff implements it.


Questions to ask the director include:

• What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis? Each camp has its own method of constructing programs based on its philosophy. Does it complement your own parenting philosophy?

• What is the camp director’s background? ACA minimum standards recommend directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service training within the past three years, and have at least 16 weeks of camp administrative experience before assuming the responsibilities of director.

• What training do counselors receive? At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency procedures and communication, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior and specific procedures for supervision.

• What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? ACA standards require different ratios for varying ages and special needs. Generally, the ratios at resident camps range from: One staff member for every six campers ages 7 and 8; one staff member for every eight campers ages 9 to 14; and one staff member for every 10 campers ages 15 to 17. At day camps the ratios range from: one staff member for every eight campers ages 6 to 8; one staff member for every 10 campers ages 9 to 14; and one staff member for every 12 campers ages 15 to 17.

• What are the ages of the counselors? ACA standards recommend that 80 percent or more of the counseling/program staff be at least 18 years old. Staff must be at least 16 years old and be at least two years older than the campers with whom they work.

• What percentage of the counselors returned from last year? Most camps have from 40 to 60 percent returning staff. If the rate is lower, find out why.

• How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled? This is where the director’s philosophy comes through loud and clear. Positive reinforcement, assertive role modeling and a sense of fair play are generally regarded as key components of camp counseling and leadership. Rules are necessary in any organization and the disciplinary approach taken should be reasonable and well communicated. If penalties are involved for violations, they should be applied quickly, fairly, calmly and without undue criticism to campers.

• How does the camp handle homesickness and other adjustment issues? Again, the camp’s philosophy on helping children adjust is important. Be sure you are comfortable with the camp’s guidelines on parent/child contact.

• What about references? This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’s reputation and service record. Directors should be happy to provide references.

• For overnight camps: Does the American Camp Association accredit the camp? This does not guarantee a risk-free environment, but it is some of the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children.


We believe that urban youth may benefit from summer day programs and residential summer camps activities that emphasize socialization, character development, effective communication skills, problem-solving, decision-making, and social-emotional learning. The impact of these programs is far-reaching and touches the entire family. Likewise, summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp.

Social Emotional Skills, Resiliency Skills, Leadership Skills, Mental and Emotional Support, Supportive Community Enrichment Skills Through Recreational Activities, Cultural Relevance


My daughter has attended and loved this amazing camp, which was made possible by an Emerging HOPE Ministries camp scholarship opportunity—and I can’t thank Living Water Ministries enough for that!… She now knows and loves God because she wants to, because of her meaningful experiences at camp—from the love, devotion, and friendships she experienced at this special place. –Camp Mom

I can still remember the evening worship that led me to begin reading the Bible on my own. It was a Wednesday night, our worship was around a campfire at Beechpoint Christian Camp. I can’t even remember the topic of the worship. What I do remember is the realization that the week I had enjoyed was quickly coming to an end. The closeness with God I had experienced would be ending in a day and a half. It was at that moment I decided I wanted more, that I wanted to continue to get to know the Lord. That night, and the many nights reading the Bible after, have created a love of reading God’s Word. It is how I have related to the Lord most, how I have learned to rely on and draw nearer to God. - Camper

Through camp, I have learned how to build trust and friendships with people that weren’t like me. I have learned the value of vulnerability: that sharing insecurities and fears with others is not weakness, but strength. I have learned to put relationships before my own desires, being slow to anger and quick to forgive (surprisingly I'm not perfect at this one yet). All these lessons continue to be important as I try to live my life as Jesus would. - Camper


I love to see this kind of activity going on in our community. When I was raising my boys, I looked for positive summer programs for them to be involved in. 
Thank you and your husband for your service to our community and world.
God bless you.



Thank you for an opportunity for my child to be able to be one of the many participants of this year's scholarship grants.


Hi, my name is Krishanna.

I had such a blast at Beechpoint Christian Christian Camp. We rode horses, went swimming, had a cookout, went zip lining, drove go carts, and much much more! I am so blessed to be in contact with Sister Pamela Robinson.

thank you so much sister, Pamela, for EVERYTHING! 



“The camp scholarship program is such a blessing. I am a single parent without extra money to be able to afford to send my child to camp. I am so grateful that you offered me the scholarship. I really wanted my child to have something I never had, something that would really impact her life.”

Deion, Emerging H.O.P.E. scholarship recipient camp parent.


Hi, Mrs. Pamela and Mr. Curtis, I had a blast at camp Beechpoint we learned new songs we ate good meals.  We played games like gaga, drove Go-Carts, played basketball, swam, and scaled the gigantic rock climbing wall. I had so much fun. Thank you for everything!



I am exciting that there is a camp available that my granddaughter can possibly learn some other spiritual values that are often lost in hope that one day her father will return home to her.

Ms. Whittaker


I just wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you for the opportunity to send my children to Camp Beechpoint this summer. It was a new experience and they brought home many memories and new friendships from this experience. It is so important to have opportunities for children to grow in their faith, especially as they start to experience new situations which call for spiritual guidance. Camp Beechpoint provided that spiritual guidance, in a fun-filled atmosphere. The camp experience was all the girls talked about for days after returning home!
Thank you again, and blessings to the future of your organization.





“Camp Day Out” is a free family-fun event that Emerging HOPE hosted for eight years.  The purpose of the event is to inform urban families with youth (ages 5-18) of camping opportunities that are available to their children.  The event consists of on-site camp registration, free summer camp scholarships, music, door prizes, face painting, and other fun activities.  Parents and youth have an opportunity to meet 1:1 with camp directors from an array of camps to learn about their programs.




Summer Program Partners


  • New Genesis Education Center Summer Program

  • Kalamazoo Recreation Department

  • Public Media Network

  • Sherman Lake Camp

  • Kalamazoo County 4-H Youth Development Program

  • Bair Lake  Bible Camp

  • Circle Y Ranch

  • Crescendo Music Academy

  • Equestrian Summer Horse Camp

  • Beechpoint Christian Camp

  • Kalamazoo Math and Science Center

  • West Michigan Glass Society

  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • Camp Henry

  • Lutheran Church of the Savior and African Christian Fellowship Camp

  • Living Water Ministries​

  • Equestrian Summer Horse Camp

  • Kalamazoo Math and Science Center

  • West Michigan Glass Society

  • Rooted Drumming

  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

  • Warner Camp

  • Living Water Camp

  • Camp Emerging HOPE

  • Vets In 3D

  • Cran-Hill Ranch

  • Young Kings and Queens

  • Camp Kidwell

  • KYD Network

  • Paramount Charter Academy

Emerging HOPE has proudly partnered with many summer day programs and residential summer camps and over the past twelve years to provide fun-filled summer experiences for urban youth. 

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