Out of the Crossfire and Into the Campfire

In 2013, more than 7,800 children and teens went to Wonderland Camp.  All were provided a safe haven from violence.  And this summer thousands more will attend.  Each summer, The Salvation Army’s Wonderland Camp in bucolic rural Wisconsin provides a refuge for thousands of children, many of whom can’t play safely outside or just be carefree kids.

Nestled on hundreds of acres of rolling hills, among trees reaching to the sky, campers run, jump, swim, climb and – best of all – smile.  Wonderland Camp offers kids a chance to discover new experiences, such as zip lines, a high ropes course, boating, swimming, archery and more. Each challenge is designed to help them gain confidence, build character, have fun and learn the value of teamwork.

Camper Arianna Martin, 9, who lives in Englewood, described the high ropes course on which teams of three must work together to navigate obstacles 20 feet high in the air. “It was scary, but I did it! I grabbed onto my friend’s hand and we just did it. We also made sure we cheered on the other groups too.”

Linda Swanson a Salvation Army donor who attended Wonderland Camp as a child said, “There are children coming here who may not have the opportunity to have a beautiful summer experience. That is going to impact their lives. I know it will impact their lives.”

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