Randi’s Camp for Hope and Courage is a three day outcome-based therapeutic/recreational camp for children ages 8-13 years who have experienced or have been exposed to domestic violence. It is dedicated to providing an environment of compassion, encouragement, and positive praise to children who experience domestic violence in the home. Through educational, interpersonal and fun activities, children increase their self-esteem, self-concept, and confidence in their own abilities. Randi’s Camp empowers children to believe that their thoughts, feelings, and actions are important, worthy of expression and that they are valuable contributors to the whole family unit.
Statistics indicate that domestic violence occurs in 25% of all households in the United States, making domestic violence not only an individual health issue but a community health issue as well. Children exposed to domestic violence are at greater risk for learning difficulties and are more likely to exhibit violent, risky or delinquent behaviors. Research has demonstrated that attending structured camps can increase self-esteem, develop self-understanding and create positive behavioral changes in young participants. (Source: Camping Magazine, May-June 2003)
By teaching children how to keep themselves safe, where to find help when they need it, how to value themselves and others, and to seek alternatives to violence, RHOA provides children tools for dealing with some of the challenges that witnessing or experiencing domestic violence. Randi’s Camp for Hope and Courage helps children to discover their own talents and abilities while allowing them the opportunity to grow and learn in order to break the cycle of violence in their homes. Each year a theme is set for the camp and all activities are geared toward understanding how the activities based on the theme builds the capacity of each child.
The most recent Randi’s Camp was held June 27-29, 2018. Upcoming dates for 2019 will be announced when they are determined. The Camp runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day and is held at an undisclosed location. There is no cost for the camp. Download an application here.
Randi’s Camp is facilitated by certified master level therapists and volunteers who have completed 40 hours of Domestic Violence Training, attended camp training, completed Mandated Reporter training, and submitted current criminal and child abuse clearances from the Department of Human Services.
June 2018 Randi’s Campers
June 2018 Randi’s Campers