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2019 Camp Details

2019 SUMMER CAMP

Talent shows, water balloon fights, arts & crafts, music, dancing, and ice cream! Our Summer Camps have it all! Our camps aim to provide a fun and safe place for orphans to feel valued and loved.

Each summer, we send volunteers like you to become a family to an orphan for a week or more! Volunteers who come to our camps in China make it possible for orphans to come to camp. Because of camp, Chinese orphans and at-risk youth get to leave their orphanages and spend a week with YOU! Come and share with China’s children that they are special and deeply loved.

OUR PURPOSE

TO LOVE

Our five day summer camps center around bringing forgotten children out of orphanages to experience a week of fun, love, and attention. This often includes many firsts for the kids—their first time swimming, eating ice cream and hearing “I love you”. Demonstrating God’s love in action is what camp is all about.

TO DEFEND

Most overseas trips end when you fly home, leaving you with only memories and pictures. However, our desire is for you to continue to have an impact long after you’ve left camp. Through our advocacy program, you can bring awareness to your child’s needs and even help find adoptive families. Our goal is to equip volunteers to defend vulnerable children.

A WEEK AT CAMP

DAY 1: The kids are coming! Today, you become a proud “parent” as you and your translator(s) are paired with 1-2 children to form afamily group. Spend the day getting to know each other before you begin an amazing week of camp!

DAY 2-4: Let the fun begin! Camp is filled with activities for your family group to enjoy together. From arts & crafts to talent shows to dance parties, this is a week for your child to explore new experiences in a safe environment. You will have the unique opportunity toempower these children and show them unconditional love during camp. These are the moments that Bring Me Hope Camp was created for!

DAY 5: Today is the day that the children go home to the orphanage. It’s a bittersweet celebration of the relationships you’ve created and how far your family group has come in just 5 short days. It becomes more than just the last day of camp; You are left with memories and passion to do something about this orphan crisis.

AFTER CAMP: Bring Me Hope will provide you with the skills and training to make a greater impact on these children’s lives when you fly back home. You will be given the privilege to be an advocate for the children’s needs and help them find adoptive families! 

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DATES

Week 1: July 8 – 12

Week 2: July 15 – 19

Week 3: July 22 – 26

Week 4: July 29 – August 2

Volunteers will be required to arrive at their camp location the Saturday or Sunday afternoon prior to their camp week beginning and to leave the Saturday after their camp week ends. Lodging will be provided over weekends for those volunteering for more than one week of camp.


CAMP FEES

General Registration
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019 (Ask about exceptions)

1 Week:   $900

2 Weeks: $1,300

3 Weeks: $1,700

4 Weeks: $2,100

  • Children ages 12 and under receive a 50% Discount.
  • Children ages 2 and under come to camp for free.
  • If you are currently living in China, please contact info@bringmehope.org

LOCATIONS

CHONGQING, CHINA
Located in Southwest China, Chongqing is a modern port city on the Yangtze River.

KUNMING, CHINA
Positioned at a near-tropical latitude, Kunming is called the City of Eternal Spring.

YANTAI, CHINA
Sitting along the East coast of China, Yantai is famous for its fishing industry and apple crops.

ZHENGZHOU, CHINA
Situated south of the Yellow River, Zhengzhou is one of the ancient capitals of China.

APPLY to Camp:

https://bringmehope.org/summer-camp-19/

VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

“An amazing experience that doesn’t stop when camp is over. Not only did I get to love orphans for a week, but I was also able to come home and try to find the kids families! It is life changing!” 
– Caitlyn Barkalow

“Just finished my first month of volunteering at summer camp and I am moved by what they do. Seeing the joy in the kids’ faces everyday instilled hope in me. Thank you Bring Me Hope for the opportunity to know these orphans by name and to love them! Best summer ever!”– Christina Lopatin

“Most beautiful children, most beautiful ministry, most beautiful experience that changes you into something more beautiful. What are you waiting for? Go.”– Rose Cannon

“I have been to Bring Me Hope five times, one was when I was an orphan and the rest I returned to Bring Me Hope Camp as a volunteer. I just love Bring Me Hope Camp, it is a great mission to reach out to the un-reached children who are lost in the darkness and the translators. Being Me Hope is the first one who truly showed me what true love, hugs, kindness, and warm home feels like. For the past thirteen years of my life in the orphanage, I have never knew what it is feels like to have a loving family until I went to Bring Me Hope Camp.” 
– Eden Robinson-Robertson

FAQs

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER AT BRING ME HOPE CAMP?
Anyone who is approved by our volunteer coordinating team! There’s no age limit. (Although, volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 25 or older.)

DO I HAVE TO BE FROM THE USA TO VOLUNTEER?
Not at all! We have volunteers from all over the world join us at our China camps each year!

CAN MY CHILD COME TO CAMP WITH ME?
Children are welcome to attend camp with their parents. We do ask that parents carefully evaluate whether their child will be a good participant at camp. While we do want your kids to enjoy their experience, our primary focus is on our campers’ experience. If your child demands quite a bit of attention, it may be better for them to stay home so you can best focus on your camp children.

HOW LONG IS BRING ME HOPE CAMP?
Each summer camp is 5 days long for our campers, but we require our volunteers to arrive to the camp location the weekend before camp for onsite training and jet lagging. Volunteers may choose to attend as many weeks as they wish, with a two week maximum stay per camp location.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATIONS WILL I STAY IN?
It will depend on the location you are placed at. You might stay in a hotel, dormitory, school, or similar accommodation. We strive to place our volunteers in locations that are comfortable, but most importantly safe. You will be lodging with fellow volunteers of the same gender or with your family members.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT AND CHINESE VISA?
Yes, you will need both. If you plan to come to camp, we recommend applying for your passport ASAP. You will receive more information on how to apply for your Chinese Visa after your acceptance to Bring Me Hope camp.

WILL I NEED IMMUNIZATIONS?
Bring Me Hope doesn’t require proof of immunizations to attend camp. We recommend our volunteers to consult with their personal doctor before traveling.

WILL I NEED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes, we require each of our volunteers to purchase travel insurance through Volunteer Card. After your acceptance, our volunteer coordinating team will send out more information on how, when, and where to purchase.

WHAT TRAINING/PREPARATION WILL I HAVE BEFORE THE TRIP?
You will be a part of at least three pre-camp trainings and one on-site training before camp.

WHAT IS COVERED BY MY CAMP FEE?
Meals, lodging, camp activities, transportation to/from a camp-approved airport, transportation during camp dates, camp t-shirt, and lanyard.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP?
Passport, Chinese visa, travel insurance, travel to China (airfare), weekend activities, spending money, souvenirs, snacks, and some meals over weekends.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Contact: info@bringmehope.org

Volunteer in China this summer with Bring Me Hope! Bring Me Hope camps give you the opportunity to provide orphans with love, hope, a sense of self-worth, and long-term advocacy. You could be the only person to ever show a child love. What an opportunity!

Information for our 2017 camp is now available here. Make your summer count and begin changing the world one life at a time.

“So what exactly does a week at camp look like?” We’re glad you asked! Here’s a week-in-the-life of a Bring Me Hope summer camp volunteer.

Night Walk 2015!

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Join people around the world to raise support for orphans in need!

On Friday, May 15th, people around the world will participate in the 2015 Night Walk to raise awareness for orphans in need and raise money to help them go to Bring Me Hope camp this summer. To sign up for the Night Walk, click here. For more information about the Night Walk, click here. The deadline for ordering T-shirts is May 1st, so sign up soon! Scroll down to see a map of all the cities hosting a Night Walk this year.

Tighten up your laces and let’s walk our cities for orphans around the world!

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Join a walk in a city near you or create a walk of your own!

Give Back

This is the time of year where Bring Me Hope is on their toes as we start pushing towards getting everything ready for camp. It’s not just the details, crafts and games we are planning but the kids that we will be bringing and who we will choose.

To get into our head and about the kids we work with means seeing our year long goal. We can say it starts at camp, our volunteers arrive ready to take on the new challenges and fun as orphans are bussed in for the week. This is a time where kids get to be kids and possibly forget for a fleeting moment that they are hoping for a family. There are firsts for them through the week and by the time they leave, we hope that they have felt LOVED in ways they have never seen.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

Camp is just the beginning for our kiddos, going home is one of the most crucial steps…it’s where we the staff and volunteer spend hours putting together information about our campers and getting them seen. We blast them on social media, tell their story to the world and search for families. Having first hand experience, photos and videos can attract the attention of many adoptive parents because they feel like they know the child before they lock in on their file.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

So, while a month is spent at camp, 11 months are spent advocating. This brings us to today. We want to change lives, we want to get our campers on the front page of many peoples minds…we want families. BUT to make this possible, we have to have people like you and me send orphans to our camp. It can be a $20 donation or $500. Without YOU, less kids come which could potentially mean a child’s story won’t get told.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

This month, we are coming alongside Cory, founder of Give Yak and making your donations more fun. Give Yak was founded with a passion to serve the Chinese community by designing Asian-inspired shirts that give back. For March, Cory had the idea to partner with us to launch Give Yak while giving all the proceeds to Bring Me Hope campers. The catch is, you get a gift if you donate this month…depending on the size of the donation will put you in different brackets from shirts to hand made Asian crafts and beautiful boxes.missions, china, orphan care, kids, summer camp, bring me hope

So if you want to help us send a kids to camp, go to Give Yak and give back (http://www.giveyak.org/support-chinese-orphans)

For The Kids,

Caitlyn

Last day to enter contest – Crystal Raindrop Jewelry

Today is the last day to enter  our first Bring Me Hope contest… >  HERE <

This is a first of our giveaways for the year with the intent to bring more exposure for people interested in Orphan Mission trips and coming to China.  We also are interested in providing a way for creatives to donate work who are passionate about giving back and serving.  So if you are a creative and are interested in partnering with Bring Me Hope, please feel free to contact us…we would love to hear your story (contact caitlyn@bringmehope.org).

Our first creative I would love for you to meet it Saray Gray, who is the owner of Crystal Raindrop.  Her jewelry creating began when she was a little girl.  Sarah and her sister would make different things for their Mom and Grandma together.

It was in Sarah’s Junior year of highschool, after making jewelry for her friend, thoughts of how she could turn her love for creating into a business began.  Her shop opened when she was a high school Senior and she has continued ever since.

What inspires you to create?

One of the many reasons I love making jewelry is, I can pick the style I create. I like very simple, elegant jewelry, and that is not easy to find. All the jewelry I make is something that I would wear myself, and know that there are other people looking for the same thing.

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How do you serve the community/others with your business ?

I love to be involved in raising money for good causes. I enjoyed being able to help with my friends fundraiser for the Bring Me Hope Foundation. It was not only a great experience, but it was a lot of fun as well. It was a blessing to see everyone give their all to raise money for this wonderful foundation.

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What was the inspiration behind the piece you donate to BMH & what is the pieces name?

The piece that I have made to donated to the Bring Me Hope Foundation is a good representation of the style of jewelry I make. When I was asked to make a piece of jewelry to donate I honestly didn’t have any idea what I was going to make. So I just sat down one evening and got to work. Cutting wire, trying different ways to bend it, to get an eligible look to it. Eventually I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like.

The name of the piece is Blue Ellipse. I picked this name because of its rounded shape. The calming blue and hints of crystal that remind me of the moon on a cool night.

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What piece of advice would you give to people who are creatives and want to use their business with a purpose?

If I had to give advice to someone looking to start their own business out of a hobby, I would tell them to have fun and really enjoy what they are doing. It is also very important to give what you are doing to the Lord. Seek the Lord’s guidance in your business always. I think that is the most important part.

Sometimes all you think about is what you have to get done and your deadlines, but that takes all the joy out of what you are doing. When you no longer find joy in what you are doing it shows in your work. So, take your time and enjoy what you are doing and thank the Lord for giving you your abilities.

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Random funny facts about you?

And a random fact about me is I have a weird obsession with clocks..I Love ’em!

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We loved having Sarah on the blog.  To find more of her work send her an email (CrystalRaindropShop@gmail.com) or visit her website www.CrystalRaindropShop.com.

For the Kids!

Caitlyn + The BMH Team

 

Orphan Trips to China

This last week, we got the amazing opportunity to announce our new FALL trips!  Bring Me Hope has only done summer camps and this year we are expanding our field and inviting YOU to come with us to Beijing!  gotobeijinggggThe set up will have similarities to Summer Camps that we hold but in a much smaller setting.  We are taking a max of 15 volunteers and focusing on a week of serving orphans.  The advantage of this trip is you will get one-on-one time with your child from a local orphanage on a smaller, more focused scale for the entire week.  You will also be paired with a translator and become a little family!  There are daily “camp” activities such as games, crafts and music but you will get to really spend your time loving on your Orphan and sharing life with them!

One of the most exciting parts of the trip is that you will get to spend a day being trained in orphan advocacy and how you can spread the word and possibly find a home for your child or ways to meet their needs while in China.

If you LOVE kids, have a heart for orphans & want to travel…this is the trip for YOU!  The Fall Beijing trip is October 25th through November 2nd.  The cost for the trip is $1,100 and this includes everything but your Visa + Airfare.

I can’t wait to see our first fall team head to China and rock the world of an orphan!

Here is a link to the application (http://bringmehope.org/mform_config/machform/view.php?id=14965)

For the Kids,

Caitlyn & Bring Me Hope Team