Summer Camp @ Camp Gifford will be at full capacity; help send a child to camp

May 28, 2022

For the first time since 2019, The Salvation Army Spokane’s Camp Gifford on Deer Lake will be open at full capacity this summer!

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, Camp Gifford had to close that summer while, in 2021, it was open ad half capacity.

Recently, Stephanie, a single mother with twin daughters, inquired about the status of summer camp this year. When she was told that Camp Gifford would be open at full capacity, Stephanie let out a scream of joy and said, ‘Thank God.”

She explained that her twin daughters, age 10, have been wanting to attend camp since they last went in 2019. Camp Gifford, which celebrates its Centennial this year, is open to boys and girls, ages 7-17.

“My daughters have been to camp once, and they can’t wait to go back this summer. In 2019, they returned from camp so excited about the friends they made and the different activities they participated in,” Stephanie said. “I certainly understand their excitement because I attended Camp Gifford for several years as a young child and absolutely loved it! I made new friends that I remain in contact with to this day and learned valuable life skills.”

Weekly camp sessions, which will be held from June 27 to August 5, include lodging, three meals a day, numerous activities, and loads of fun! While at camp, children learn new life skills, and leave with memorable, life-shaping experiences, newfound friends, and a revived sense of purpose.

Camp Gifford encompasses 112 acres of land at beautiful Deer Lake – just 45-minutes outside of Spokane, WA. It includes A-framed cabins, archery, a climbing wall, lake activities such as swimming, kayaking, and sailing, and much more!

In a typical summer, Camp Gifford serves more than 1,000 young people, 80% of whom would not be able to attend without scholarships through generous donors and the Send A Kid To Camp campaign through The Spokesman-Review.

To help send local vulnerable children to camp this summer, please scan the attached QR Code, visit The Spokesman-Review’s website and/or check out a special Send A Kid To Camp ad in the Sunday newspaper.  You can also donate at

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