Pathways to HOPE Project


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Counseling Opportunities for Camp HOPE California — San Diego

Counselors for Camp HOPE California – San Diego (San Diego and Imperial County) can work with 11–17 year olds or work with 7–10 year olds. More details at the bottom of this page.


The Pathways to HOPE Project builds on the nationally recognized work of Camp HOPE America by creating a year-round group mentoring program for 100 children and teens (ages 11-17) from Imperial and San Diego Counties.

The goal of the Pathways to HOPE Project is to mitigate the impacts of trauma on 100 children and teens with high Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Scores through holistic year-round programming and group mentorship. After attending Camp HOPE during the summer, each Pathways participant will select an Affinity Group to attend specialized events with throughout the year.

At camp, each camper participates in activities including white water rafting, tubing, zip lining, field games, high and low ropes courses, music and the arts, and much more!

After children and teens return from camp, they will participate in monthly activities with their Affinity Group.  The goal of these activities will be to help them focus on achieving goals for their lives and exposing them to knowledge and experiences associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Our central goal is that through the Pathways to HOPE Project, we can change the destinies of children that would otherwise very likely be subjected to lives of perpetuated violence, incarceration, substance abuse, and other dysfunctions.

We believe that the innovative approach of combining the power of Camp HOPE’s summer program with year-round group mentoring can create Pathways to HOPE for children who need it most.  The anticipated outcomes include increased HOPE Scores, improvements in self-regulation, esteem and efficacy, increased interest in college and vocational programs, increased knowledge of STEAM career options, and improved emotional health and well-being.

The University of Oklahoma is conducting the evaluation study of the Pathways to HOPE Project including benchmarking each child’s ACE Scores and their initial HOPE Scores.  The research design has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board of OU’s Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations and we anticipate publication of the outcomes of the Pathways to HOPE Project within two years.

Counseling Opportunities for Camp HOPE California — San Diego

Counselors for 11-17 Year Olds:  Counselors working with 11-17 year olds need to live and attend school in San Diego County.  Additionally, prospective counselors must commit to attend one week of summer camp and participate in monthly or semi-monthly activities with the children and teens after returning from camp.  The 11-17 year olds participate in the Pathways Program which includes once a year-round activities in after returning from camp.  Counselors must be 19-24 years old.  To apply to be a counselor in the Pathways Project (working with San Diego and Imperial County children and teens ages 11-17), click here.

Counselors for 7-10 Year Olds:  Counselors working with 7-10 year olds do not need to live and attend school in San Diego County but must commit to attend one week of summer camp and make every effort to participate in at least a Reunion Party near the end of the summer and a Holiday Party near Christmastime.  The younger children do not have monthly activities during the year, though Camp HOPE California makes every effort to maintain contact with the campers regularly. Counselors must be entering their senior year of high school or be college-aged.  To apply to be a counselor for 7-10 year olds from San Diego and Imperial County, click here.