Full Steam at Camp Homelani
Full “STEAM” Ahead!
The Salvation Army Camp Homelani continues their STEAM curriculum in their camp programs this summer.
The Salvation Army Camp Homelani continues their STEAM curriculum in their camp programs this summer to give young campers a chance to expand on their creative and critical thinking skills.
STEAM is an acronym for Science, technology, arts, and mathematics, an educational component added to The Salvation Army summer camps last year. “We learned that pollution is not good for our health. So we created a machine that would help pick up trash and save the earth. We’re just like scientists,” said summer camper, Kiana. “I’m looking forward to what we’re going to do this year.”
The Salvation Army Camp Homelani invites children and youth from low-income communities to have fun, play, learn, and make new friends in the safest circumstances. Divisional Youth Secretary, Lieutenant Micheal Stack, said, “Most of the children we have at Camp Homelani are either homeless or don’t have much. Every year, we strive to give them what they may not have access to at home: three full meals, games, activities, and hope that they can accomplish their dreams for a better future. STEAM fosters their critical thinking and inspires them to become scientists, doctors, teachers, artists, and more.”
Every year, The Salvation Army invites 450 children to attend Camp Homelani at no cost to their families.
It costs approximately $250 per child to attend Camp Homelani. Some children are flown from the neighbor islands to Oahu to attend camp. Depending on what they arrive to camp with, some are given extra clothes, flip flops, towels, and toiletries. Many children arrive to camp with a small plastic bag with one pair of clothes.