Ohana is heading to Winter Camp today—here is why it’s important for kids

February 9, 2024

Picture this: the crackling of a campfire, the tantalizing aroma of roasting marshmallows, the laughter echoing throughout as friends gather around. These are the scenes that unfold for foster children and special needs adults at Lost Canyon Camp in Williams, Arizona—a haven where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary.

According to the American Camp Association camp is important because children “have a sense of community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn through first-hand experiences. Trained, caring adult role models help children feel loved, capable, and included. Camp helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment. Camp professionals have enormous power in conveying simple teachable moments… special moments of passing experiences touched by the human spirit.”

For many foster children, feelings of invisibility can overshadow their formative years. Their circumstances often leave them feeling unnoticed, overlooked by a world that fails to grasp the weight of their experiences. Yet, within the embrace of camp, they find themselves wrapped in a sense of belonging and acceptance. Imagine the radiant joy on their faces as they form new bonds among the breathtaking beauty of Lost Canyon. Every conversation, every story shared by the fire, contributes to the collection of memories from their childhood. Camp is not merely a getaway; it's a transformative journey that serves as a stepping stone toward adulthood filled with hope and possibility.

And then, there's the snow—a glistening blanket that transforms the camp site into a winter wonderland. For many of these children, it's their first encounter with this magical phenomenon. The dance of snowflakes in the air inspires a sense of wonder and awe, punctuated by their laughter as they embrace the chill and enjoy this new experience.

But this winter camp wouldn't be possible without the tireless efforts of those who recognize the significance of providing these children with moments of joy and belonging. Through the dedication and generosity of individuals who understand the transformative power of simple pleasures, 200 foster children and special needs adults are given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Lost Canyon Camp stands as a testament to the impact that collective compassion can have on young lives. It's more than just a destination— it's a beacon of light, guiding these children toward a brighter future.

As they partake in the magic of campfires, the warmth of new friendships, and the wonder of their first snowfall, the world shifts ever so slightly, as the simple pleasures of childhood become a profound testament to the human spirit's capacity for kindness and transformation. They are reminded that they are seen, valued, and cherished.