All God’s Children dates for 2018 are set

Hey friends!  We are excited to let you know the 2018 summer dates have been set for All God's Children Camp.  We had such a successful 2017 summer and cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.  Mark your calendars now so that you can be a mentor with us next summer.  There is plenty of time to get that "ask off" in at work so you can join us for a fun-filled week loving campers who need it most.  Please contact Lori Smith at lttlelori@gmail.comfor more information.  Hope to see you there! Check out the dates and camps below:

June 17-22:  Camp Chanco on the James (Richmond area)
June 24-29:  Camp Overlook (Shenandoah Valley area)
July29-August 3:  Occohannock on the Bay (Eastern Shore)

Mentors Needed for All God's Children Camp

All God's Children Camp is just around the corner and we are in need of mentors this summer.  We will need 90 mentors total, 30 for each camp, both male and female.  Please consider giving a week of your time and mentor a camper whose mother or father is incarcerated.  You will get a chance to just pour out some love on your camper, engage with them during bible, arts and crafts and worship.  You can also encourage them through the week as they learn new activities the camp has to offer.  For more information, please contact Lori Smith at or 571-245-9591.  You can find the application at the bottom of this page. 

Click here to view pictures from 2017 camp    
Stories from Mentors
    October 2, 2017-"Was that a real story?" (pdf)
    October 9, 2017 -"We are all Super Heroes" (pdf)

There are many ways you can volunteer for camp and we definitely need all the help we can get.  Below are all the ways you can get involved.  Please contact Lori Smith at or by phone, 571-245-9591 if you would like more information.

1. Prayer. Please pray for Camp Overlook, Camp Chanco and Occohannock on the Bay as they receive All God’s Children Camp this summer.  Please pray that we have 90 folks sign up to be mentors for our 3 camps. Pray that those mentors will be the hands and feet of Jesus for our campers.  Also, pray for all staff members of All God’s Children Camp as they prepare for an awesome summer.  Lastly, pray for the campers, that their lives may be transformed in and through Jesus. 
2. Sign up to become a mentor.  It will change your life!  There is nothing like spending a week in the outdoors with some awesome kids who just want to be loved on.  The dates are listed below.
3. Get a group together to provide supplies for our campers.  All the supplies that are donated get to go home with the campers.  These include bed sheets, pillows, toiletries, blankets and other goodies.  Please contact Lori for a full list of supplies.
4. Sign up to drive campers to camp.  This is a big need!  Most of our campers are unable to provide their own transportation for various reasons.  So about 90% of them will need a ride to and from camp. 
5. Monetary donations.  Thanks to the support of you and our local churches, campers have the opportunity to come to camp at no cost. Without you, this would not be possible.  The cost to send one child to camp is $400.00.  Donations should be made payable to All God’s Children Camp and can be sent to: Virginia United Methodist Conference, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058, Attn: Becky Tate. 

What is All God’s Children Camp? Children, ages 7 to 12, with an incarcerated mother or father, spend a week at camp, participating in activities such as boating, swimming, hiking, archery, music, crafts, Bible study, and conflict resolution.  Partnering with Virginia United Methodist camps, All God’s Children Camp provides a week of sanctuary for children who face so many challenges in their lives: economic poverty; temporary living conditions; loneliness; low self-esteem; violence; and drugs.

Click here to view a video.

Need More information?

Camper Registration (pdf)
Mentor Registration (pdf)
Junior Mentor Registration (pdf)

Lori Smith, Director
(571) 245-9591
The VA Conference UMC
PO Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058

Beth Christian,
On-site Coordinator for Camp Chanco on the James
and Camp Overlook 

Isabelle Sullivan
On-site Coordinator for Occohannock on the Bay




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