CARNEGIE, Pa., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even though there are still some snowy days ahead, The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania is gearing up for its 2013 camping season. The organization's 95-acre Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center, located along Slippery Rock Creek in Ellwood City, is readying for its summer camp program that will run June 17th thru August 7th. Each year, nearly 2,000 needy children from all over Western Pennsylvania enjoy a program that provides not only fun and excitement, but also valuable character building activities.
Accredited by the American Camping Association, Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center offers a diverse program including recreation, Christian education, nature, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, hiking and much more. For many of these campers, The Salvation Army provides their only chance of a summer vacation experience. "In today's challenging economy, many children miss out on a summer camping experience," said Major Dean Satterlee, The Salvation Army's Divisional Youth and Candidate's Secretary. "But, because of the kindness of countless donors, The Salvation Army can give that life changing experience to nearly 2,000 deserving kids."
A seasonal food service program and full complement of staff provides three healthy meals each day. Through a contract with the Department of Education Summer Food Service Program, free meals are provided to eligible children during all camping sessions. This federally funded Summer Food Service Program provides approximately 9% of the total Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center operating budget, which helps keep the costs at a minimum for those attending. Meals are provided regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should contact the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.
All children from households that receive food assistance through the DPA Pennsylvania ACCESS Card Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are eligible. The family size and income guidelines for free and reduced priced meals are as follows: one family member, with a household income of up to $20,665; two family members, up to $27,991; three family members, up to $35,317; four family members, up to $42,643; five family members, up to $49,969; six family members, up to $57,295; seven family members, up to $64,621; eight family members, up to $71,947; and each additional family member over eight, $7,326.
For information on attending Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center or sponsoring a camper, contact your local Salvation Army Worship and Service Center or the organization's Youth Department at 412 446-1545. Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center can also be reserved in the off season for workshops, reunions or special events. For more information, contact Jen Brown, Camp Allegheny Retreat Center Coordinator at 412-446-1512.
Founded in 1865 in London, England by William and Catherine Booth, The Salvation Army is both a church and a social service organization that provides critical services in 126 countries worldwide. For more information on The Salvation Army's 28-County Western Pennsylvania Division, log onto www.salvationarmy-wpa.org. The Salvation Army – Doing the Most Good - for the Most People - in the Most Need.
SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division