Camp Hope History

The camp on the Grand Mesa was owned and operated by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction for over 75 years. In 2009, Camp Hope entered into a long term partnership with the Kiwanis Club to continue to provide outdoor wilderness camping programs for the youth in our communities. After 10 years of a very strong partnership with Kiwanis, Camp Hope Inc. took ownership of the camp. Camp Hope is committed to continuing the mission and growing the programs to provide more opportunities to more youth. Since 2009, Camp Hope has provided scholarships to over 1300 kids that would not otherwise be able to attend any camp. 

With the support of Kiwanis and various other community organizations, the camp has updated its facilities over the years to what they are today. The camp has a long history of community support.

Beginning in 2009, Camp Hope formed strategic alliances with several local churches and took advantage of the opportunity to operate the camp and its programs. Since then, various churches and local organizations have joined Camp Hope in our mission to serve the youth of our community.  

In 2010, Camp Hope Inc. received its 501 (c)(3) non-profit status and operates under the direction of the Camp Hope Board. Louis and Carrie Nelson, the founders, and managers oversee the day-to-day operation of the camp and its staff of volunteers.

Camp Hope provides a unique opportunity to focus on the youth of our communities. Take part in the rich history of this camp by helping us write a blessed future for Camp Hope.

Camp Hope, Inc. operates under a permit through from the US Forest Service, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest

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