Every summer, the Grand Junction Salvation Army sponsors kids whose families don't have the financial means to send their children to camp, giving them a great opportunity to learn, explore and make new friends.

This year, The Salvation Army is hosting two different camps giving not only an additional option of dates but also the ability to have more kids find out why summer camp is so valuable and memorable.

Each group of kids will spend about a week at The Salvation Army High Peaks Camp near Estes Park. The first camp will be from June 27 through July 2. The second camp is scheduled for July 4 through July 9.

The camp offers a number of outdoor activities - and some indoors - including rope courses, arts and crafts, fishing, hiking, paddle boats, and the staple of every great camping experience, campfires.

Every year, there are kids who not only have never been to summer camp but have never been on any kind of camping trip. People who don't have camp aged children are encouraged to sponsor part or all of a camper's fee which allows kids, regardless of family income, the opportunity to attend.

The camps are for children age 7 to 12 years old. Parents interested in sending their child or children to this camp can stop by The Salvation Army at 4th Street and Glenwood Avenue. You can also call camp coordinator, Dusty, at 970-242-7513.