The Salvation Army is seeking financial support for the nine summer camps that will be offered this year for children, families and older adults in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division.

    “These are camps for children and adults who cannot go to camp in other circumstances,” said Capt. Gabriela Rangel of the Salvation Army Corps in Dodge City, who has attended many of the camps with her husband, Capt. Joaquin Rangel, and their three children.


    The Salvation Army is seeking financial support for the nine summer camps that will be offered this year for children, families and older adults in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division.
    “These are camps for children and adults who cannot go to camp in other circumstances,” said Capt. Gabriela Rangel of the Salvation Army Corps in Dodge City, who has attended many of the camps with her husband, Capt. Joaquin Rangel, and their three children.
    More than 250 children attended the camps last year, which does not include the children who attended the Family Camp or the Discovery Camp.
    “The Discovery Camp will be held July 16 to 18 for children of parents who are incarcerated in prison or in jail,” Gabriela said. “This camp will be held at the River Ranch Resort in Noel, Missouri. We will take children from this area to Kansas City, and they will be taken on to Missouri from there.”
    Children of all ages are eligible to attend the Discovery Camp, which Gabriela described as “a special camp because it helps the children with self-esteem and gives them hope."
    “The Salvation Army has a jail ministry, and we always have a good turnout for this camp because children come from Wichita, Kansas City, St. Joe, and other big cities,” she said. “There is no charge for the children who attend the Discovery Camp.”
    Family Camp, which will take place Aug. 8 to 10 in Kansas City, Mo., is open to families below the 200 percent poverty level. Children from outside the family will not be admitted. The cost is $10 per person.
    A music camp for children will run from June 1 to 21 at Camp Hiawatha in Wichita, and the Older Adults Camp will take place June 24 to 27 at an undisclosed location. 
    “All of our other camps also will be held at Camp Hiawatha,” Gabriela said.  “Our camp in Kansas City is closing, but we are raising funds to build a new camp near Lawrence, Kansas.”
    Salvation Army camps for children this summer also will include Junior Camp 1 for both boys and girls, June 23 to 26. Capts. Joaquin and Gabriela Rangel will work with this camp.
    The Junior Soldier Camp will take place July 8 to 11 for children of Salvation Army church members. Helping with this camp will be Majors Carlos and Mercedes Bravo, former heads of the Salvation Army Corps in Dodge City who now work in Hispanic ministry in Wichita.
    A Senior Boys Camp is scheduled July 14 to 18, and a Senior Girls Camp will be held simultaneously. Junior Camp 2 will take place July 21 to 24.
    The cost for all of the children’s camps except the Discovery camp will be $20 per child. If a family cannot pay that amount, the Salvation Army will help cover the cost. 
    “This is a wonderful program,” Gabriela said of the camps that offer swimming, hiking, arts and crafts and fun around the campfire. “I feel that God has used the Salvation Army to impact children’s lives. More than 80 girls attended the Senior Girls Camp last year, and more than 50 boys came to the Senior Boys Camp. I take my responsibility for the children very seriously, as I do with my own children.”
    The Salvation Army also will offer Vacation Bible School July 14 to 18 for first- through sixth-grades. Volunteers and donations for the school are needed.
    “We appreciate it so much when the community becomes involved,” Gabriela said. “These programs cannot exist without help from the community.”
    For more information, call the Salvation Army at (620) 255-1626.