Before coming to Lanowa and Wakonda, most HFH campers have never left New York City, and many have never experienced the wonder and excitement of nature first hand. Most campers have never hiked, played baseball, or learned how to swim. HFH Summer Camps offer a welcome opportunity for homeless children to escape the stresses of everyday life, and to engage in fun, healthy and educational activities.
Each summer, HFH offers three 14-day sessions at Camps Lanowa and Wakonda. These camps sessions offer participants a level of routine, safety, and stability that most of them have never before experienced, as the chaos of changing homes and schools repeatedly can give homeless children the impression that their lives will always be in transition. They arrive at camp and suddenly they have a set schedule; there is wake-up time, time for reading, and mealtime. Our campers learn to enjoy their daily routines and to eagerly anticipate their favorite activities.