camp open arms


A ministry to the less fortunate kids in our community.

Cost of 1 Camper (in 2022) = $249

There are a lot of expenses involved in providing 2 weeks of camp for these precious children.  Our goal was to raise $55,000 to cover the cost of COA 2022.

Funding for COA 2022 is now open!  Subscribe to our Newsletter List to stay updated.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” This old maxim reminds of a signal truth – we must reach them while they are young! Most people who come to faith in Christ do so as children, before hearts harden and the world’s thinking so impacts them as to make faith more difficult. So in 1974 we launched “Camp Open Arms,” a ministry designed to reach them while they are young! Each July we take 128 children from economically deprived homes to camp for a week. In the rural environs of Surry County we love on them and minister to them in many ways. Kind people give to sponsor the children, and the campers write them a “thank-you” card which we mail to the donors. Many children have met the Savior through this ministry, and many lives have been permanently changed because of COA. If you know of a child whose family cannot afford to pay for them to attend a camp, please have their parents download and complete the Camp Application.


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Newport News, VA 23607


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