2017 Adventure Camp Recap

Our 2017 Adventure Camp was a HUGE success! SafeHaven's Children's Program Staff share their favorite moments from Adventure Camp below ...

Name: Susan Van Meter
Position: Children’s Program Coordinator (Arlington)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Iraq
Favorite field trip: Bee keeping at Harvesting Hope Community Garden
Funny camp story:
• During Italy week, we took the kids to Rita’s Italian Ice in Bedford. None of the children had ever experienced real Italian ice. As the kids began gobbling down their Italian ice, I look around and see the kids closing their eyes and savoring the bites. One of the teen boys came up and told me he gave this field trip a 10 out of 10.
• During Italy week, we taught the kids about Bocce Ball as it was created/invented in Italy. We ended up buying 2 bocce ball sets and learned how to play the game and ended the week with a Bocce Ball tournament. I enjoyed seeing the kids get competitive and pull out the measuring tape to see whose bocce ball was closer to the mark. I could have never imagined the kids enjoying bocce ball as much as they did.

Name: Erica Hall
Position: Summer Recreation Aide
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Australia
Favorite field trip: Karaoke at main event
Funny camp story:
• When I would play card games with the kids, I would always beat them. They decided that if they ever beat me at a card game, that I would have to run laps around the gym.

Name: Rozette Pegues
Position: Children’s Counselor (ARL)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Jamaica
Favorite field trip: Swimming!
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• Everyone on the children’s staff and all of the volunteers for planning out literally every detail of the camp and making it so fun for the kids!

Name: Fredrick Carter
Position: Summer Recreation Aide/Evening Recreation Aide (FWS)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Jamaica
Favorite field trip: All of them were my favorite field trip!
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• I would like to thank SafeHaven for hiring me again as the Summer Rec. Position, and allowing me to experience camp with our campers for the second year.
• I would also like to thank everyone who donated to SafeHaven so that the kids would be able to enjoy Summer Camp!

Name: Nelda Medina
Position: Children’s Bilingual Case Manager (FWS)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Brazil
Favorite field trip: NRH20
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• The donor who donated tickets to NRH20.
• Also, Mr. Fred KUDDOS for working various shifts to accommodate camp and evening rec.!!

Name: Victoria Daniel
Position: Children’s Case Manager (ARL)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Iraq
Favorite field trip: Perot Museum
Funny camp story:
• In July, we did a talent show with the kids in the gym. Even though they had over a week to prepare for this, more than half of the group was shy and/or had stage fright. For every kid that froze up and got nervous, there was at least 2 more kids ready to jump up there with them and be silly until they felt less nervous. The talent show started as solo acts, and just kind of turned into this fun, loud, rambling dance party with all of the kids dancing and singing together and it was so much fun!
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• Carson Cares for the above and beyond donation, and for accommodating our specific requests so quickly!
• The Arlington shelter summer recreation aide, Erica, for loving all of our kids and jumping right into camp
• Critterman for making sure we were able to book you when we thought we couldn’t
• Dallas World Aquarium for being so helpful in booking our group and saving us as much money as possible

Name: Crystal Labad
Position: Children’s Case Manager (FWS)
Favorite Week (Country) of Camp: Brazil
Favorite field trip: NRH20
Funny camp story:
• Their little eyes lit up when we pulled up to the NRH2O waterpark, and they were running around having a good time the whole field trip. They had an amazing time, and were all sleep on the way back to the shelter.
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• The donor who donated tickets to NRH20
• Carson Cares
• Also, Mr. Fred KUDDOS for working various shifts to accommodate camp and evening rec.!! We wouldn't have made it without Mr. Fred. He was amazing the WHOLE summer!!!!

Name: Debbie Cardosa
Position: Children’s Case Manager
Favorite Week: Kenya
Favorite field trip: Hawaiian Falls!
Funny camp story:
• The Rain Forest café because the children had an unlimited all you can eat and did they. The table was filled with pizza, sliders, chicken nuggets, fries, non-stop! Well, funny and not so funny but we had at least 5 to 7 children that went overboard on the all they can eat.
Anyone you would like to thank?:
• To all the donors that made it possible for the children to experience these events during a tough transitional period in their lives.