Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – Camp Hero bunks in Bay County are officially open!
Kids ages 7 to 12 will enjoy all kinds of activities this week, but this camp is one of a kind.
“Program for children who are in the foster care system or have been in the foster care system,” said Every Child Home CEO Clay Owens. “Most of our children are in some kind of foster care system.”
Some have reunited with their families or are in foster homes. Either way, the 35 campers all have this in common. While they enjoy this busy week of activities, there are also guest speakers and licensed therapists on site.
“These children have experienced trauma at some point in their lives, so we are ready to respond if necessary. But I hope they just have a lot of fun, ”Owens said. “Many of the speakers are also people who were either in the foster care system when they were children. One is even a teenager who is just a little older than those kids, but has a similar experience.
Owens started Camp Hero in March. With nearly 100,000 children in foster care, Owens and his non-profit organization saw how this camp could change the lives of young people.
“A lot of these kids have rules at home,” said camp counselor Lisa Rose. “They have stress, they have things that they deal with on a daily basis. We just want them to relax this week, have fun and make the kids feel loved and know that they are loved, valued and important.
Rose came from Texas to volunteer, and she is one of a dozen volunteers who make Camp Hero possible.
“We want to expand it so that we can do something with the older kids and continue Camp Hero in the future as well.”
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