Kids went to camp for free
Ten kids from Hearne left for Camp Hoblitzelle owned by the Salvation Army on Monday, June 24.
The Salvation Army agents for Robertson County are Donald & Bobbie Threadgill. Mr. Roy Johnson & Mr. Bennie Carroll from the Boys & Girls Club rode along as chaperones on the bus provided by the Boys and Girls Club.
Hundreds of boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 come to Camp Hoblitzelle each summer, most in one-week increments, to play together, learn from each other, and grow in their relationships with Christ and others. Campers live in cabins with kids in their same school grade and participate in a broad range of camp activities, from athletics to arts and everything in between.
Camp Hoblitzelle seeks to nurture physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually under the guidance and direction of college-age counselors who have been selected on the basis of their ability to lead, love, guide, and care for campers.
Hoblitzelle Camp is part of The Salvation Army’s worldwide Christian evangelical ministry. Their goal is to share God’s love with others by encouraging them to explore, discover and appreciate nature; provide quality service and clean facilities in a peaceful setting; and furnish opportunities for fun, adventure and fellowship through social and recreational activities.
The Salvation Army camp programs date back to the 1890s and were held throughout the United States. Starting around 1930, Camp Lone Star in Irving, Texas, was the statewide campsite for the Texas Division of The Salvation Army. But with the surge of urban growth west of Dallas in the 1950’s, the Army had to find a new camp home.
On April 21, 1956, Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian, Texas, was dedicated as The Salvation Army’s new camp home through a gift from the Hoblitzelle Foundation and the sale of the Camp Lone Star property. More than 1,400 campers enjoyed the first season in the new camp.
Formerly the Singleton family ranch, the historical Singleton White House is part of the site of what is now Camp Hoblitzelle. In the 1800s, the site served as a camping and watering spot for wagon trains leaving Dallas and traveling throughout Texas. John Hawkins Singleton, original owner, served under three flags of Texas during conflict: Texas Republic vs. Mexico, United States vs. Mexico and the American Civil War.
Since becoming The Salvation Army’s Camp Hoblitzelle in 1956, the site has grown from its original 370 acres to more than 1,200 acres today.
Camp Hoblitzelle is used not only by The Salvation Army and children during summer camp, but also by various civic, business, school and church groups year-round. More than 17,000 people, including children and young adults, families and senior citizens, stayed at the campsite in 2011.
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