Registration begins Monday for Camp Hoblitzelle, a free summer camp experience offered through the Salvation Army for Brown County kids ages 10 to 12 and teenagers from 13 to 15.
The weeklong Bible camp runs from June 26 to July 1 for kids and July 17 to 20 for teens. Brownwood’s Salvation Army service center director Stacy Tennison said the camp offers a wide range of activities on its 1,200-acre Midlothian property.
“They have horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, swimming. They have an Olympic-size pool. They have baseball, basketball, football. For the older kids they have the ropes course and all that,” Tennison said. “Anything you can imagine, they have there. It’s pretty awesome.”
Tennison said every child that attends Camp Hoblitzelle will return with a T-shirt and a Bible. She said the camp provides three meals a day and a well-stocked, no-charge snack bar.
To register, Tennison said, parents will need to schedule an appointment to apply in-person at the Salvation Army. There are more spots available than last year, Tennison said, but space is still limited.
“It’s based on first-come-first-served,” Tennison said, “so we’ll start doing applications next week. It’s not income-based or anything like that.
“They’ll need to call and make an appointment, and then we’ll tell them what all they need to bring,” she said.
Tennison said the Salvation Army will transport the kids to Camp Hoblitzelle on a charter bus this summer. She said the community can help support the Salvation Army by sponsoring the snacks the Army will provide on the ride there and back, or by sponsoring a child’s cost of attendance. The Army covers the cost for every attendee.
The Camp Hoblitzelle registration deadline is April 18. To schedule an appointment to apply, parents can call the Salvation Army at 325-203-6253 or 325-646-5369 and speak with Stacy or Jeremy Tennison.
The Salvation Army of Brownwood is located at 403 Lakeway Dr.