This summer, the Salvation Army will send children from Ellis County to enjoy a week of overnight camp.

“When compared to $750, the average cost of a week at a summer youth camp, the Salvation Army’s Camp Hoblitzelle at $170 a week is an amazing bargain,” a spokesman said. “However, for many families, even that is out of the question. Although families are encouraged to contribute what they can, thanks to community donations, none of these children will be left out because of their family’s inability to pay.”

Throughout the summer, these young campers will join more than 300 children from across the state participating in a wide variety of activities designed to help them grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.

For some children, a week at summer camp will be the first time they have traveled away from home and family. Camp Hoblitzelle provides the opportunity for children to enhance their social skills by developing friendships that extend beyond their own community.

Camp Hoblitzelle is located south of Midlothian on the rolling hills of the Austin Chalk escarpment. It is the Salvation Army’s premier camp in North Texas.

All types of classic summer camp activities are featured, including arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, horseback riding and scaling a climbing tower. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves and in doing so build their self-confidence.

Children of all faiths are welcome at Camp Hoblitzelle. As a Salvation Army camp, spiritual growth through Bible classes and Christian fellowship are the foundation for all activities.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian organization that in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex provides 45 different services to help make life better for needy individuals and families, including substance abuse treatment, homeless shelters, life-skills classes, non-perishable food, Christmas gifts for children, domestic violence programs and emergency financial assistance. Also offered are child care, after-school programs, summer day camps, computer training, senior citizens services and low-cost youth sports leagues.

The Salvation Army’s religious and social service activities serve millions of men, women and children in more than 100 nations around the world.

Volunteers, contributors and other supporters make the services possible in local communities across the country.

For more information about the Salvation Army, visit the organization’s Web site at