Making Camp Memories

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Located in beautiful Oregonia, Ohio, The Salvation Army’s Camp SWONEKY (Swo-neck-ee) has been a summer highlight for area youth for 50 years. For many, it’s the first opportunity to experience the wonders and beauty of nature in a camp setting. The camp’s innovative programming provides much more than simply a change of scenery. Opportunities for growth — physical, social, educational and spiritual — abound. ¬†Each summer, close to 200 children from the Central Ohio community attend Camp Swoneky and experience horse back riding, fishing, Bible study, swimming and a myriad of camp activities.

Each year, the children who attend camp have the opportunity to write a letter to thank those who make their visit to the camp possible. Here is a sampling of their comments:

“Thank you so much for having me here at camp learning about Jesus and God. It’s been a great experience being here because I’ve learned so much that I didn’t know and I prayed and now I feel clean. I’ve met new friends that might be my best friends now, well at least one of them are!

Sincerely, Lashe’ M.

“Hi my name is Maddie. I like all of my counselors and I’ve made a lot of friends. I liked all of the things we did but the best thing was when I rode a horse and that was my 1st¬†time. Thank you for allowing me to come to camp.’

Maddie

“Thank you for paying all of the costs for me, my brother and my sister to get to this wonderful camp. I hope I can come back for the rest of my life.”

Mackenzie

Thank you for letting me come here. I loved making friends. I can’t wait 2 come back again. I love everyone here! Can’t wait 2 come back here!”

Your friend, Destiny J.

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