About Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a week-long resident camp for children that have completed 1st-5th grades. The camp is provided at no cost to the campers thanks to generous donations from churches, businesses, and individuals.


In the mid 1960's Rev. Howard Blalock had a vision for investing in the lives of young boys involved in the Juvenile system. Many of these young men came from troubled backgrounds, but this didn't negate the potential impact of the Gospel in their lives. Camp Hope was born out of this vision. Every summer, for a couple of weeks, troubled young people were transported to a local camp where they could enjoy the outdoors and learn about God's grace.

There have been a total of over 4000 children who have been blessed by this ministry during the past 50 years. We are also excited to celebrate along with approximately 800 who have trusted Jesus through the ministry of Camp Hope.

50 Years of Camp Hope

2015 marked the 50th year of the Camp Hope ministry. What began as a "boys only" camp has now expanded to include both a girls week and a boys week. And what began as a ministry to young men in the Juvenile system now includes underprivileged kids of all types. Most importantly, hundreds of young people have trusted Jesus as Savior along the way, and hundreds of lives have been re-directed.

We are thankful for many who have given generously to support it. A special recognition goes to the Anglers Sunday School class at First Baptist Gainesville, which has supported Camp Hope every year since it's beginning, and has been this ministry's largest contributor.

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