Just Another Day at Camp
Changing Lives One Summer at a Time
Continuing a long-standing Salvation Army service, and a long history of Salvation Army camping in the Carolinas, Camp Walter Johnson was opened in Denton, NC in 1974. Each summer, youth from many Salvation Army units all over the Carolinas come to camp, situated on High Rock Lake, for a week that can literally change their lives.
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The summer of 2008 was the first in twelve years that I would not be spending at a camp. As a high school student, I began working at camps in British Columbia until I finally found my way south to Camp Walter Johnson in 2001. I accepted a position with The Salvation Army here that involved leadership at the summer music conservatory program.
I wheeled around and immediately recognized the face of the girl in the photo I had taken six years earlier. Naomi, from Raleigh, has been involved with camp ever since that first summer and has really enjoyed herself. She clearly had a great group of friends with her - I was ecstatic to see her doing so well. As a camp counselor, it's rare to reunite with campers that you counseled. I've been fortunate in that respect that I have crossed paths with several over the years, but I still have a long "where are they now" list.
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