When a dream of helping abused or neglected "at-risk" children became reality, wonderful things were certain to happen! Champ Life (previously called Champions for Life Kids’ Camp) continues to bring HOPE and encouragement
to children who desperately need it.
Champ Life Kids’ Camp began operations in the summer of 2003, servicing 31 foster children, age 7-11, from Macomb and St. Clair County, Michigan. Each year, thanks to the continued support of its generous donors, Champ Life has been able to expand its program to meet the ever-increasing needs of the surrounding communities as well. This year an anticipated 100 children will have the opportunity to attend one of the two, week-long resident summer camp programs.
A team of 130 dedicated, trained, volunteer staff will participate in this year’s camps. The ratio of one adult per two children, gives each child the individualized attention he or she needs, as well as the unconditional love and encouragement each one longs for. Specialty staff consisting of a grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle and coach, are also on hand, lending a listening ear and providing continuous encouragement to all the children during their week at camp. Meals are served family-style, with the campers, camper buddies, and staff sitting down and eating together, reinforcing the value and importance of each child.
Campers will have opportunity to participate in a host of self-esteem building activities including horseback riding, kayaking, archery, swimming, technical tree climbing, wood shop, and more. Special events include “Carnival Day,” "Birthday Party" for every child, a visit to our professional “Beauty Shop” and “Photo Studio” and yearly favorite, the “Mud Walk.” Each child returns home with an Awards Book and Photo Album displaying their own achievements for the week, along with a link to access all of the camp songs. Within the safe and loving environment of Champ Life, lasting, positive memories are made, creating “HOPE” for a better future.
How effective is this program? These are the words of one grandparent who called our office after a week of camp:
“Your program, in the course of just one week, has done more for my
two grandchildren than a whole year of professional counseling.”