A Soldier’s Child (ASC) Foundation started in 2009 celebrating the lives of children who had lost a military parent by celebrating the child’s birthday. Since 2011 we started conducting various camps to fill the needs of the children, wanting and desiring to be with other kids that shared the same experience of a military parent. ASC has provided life-changing experiences for our recipient Children. ASC has accomplished this by creating a safe place for your kids so they can be themselves and interact with other children who have endured the same loss. Our camps have shown that the ASC recipient children who attend our various camps have built lifelong friendships with other ASC recipient children. ASC strives to Love the child, Honor their fallen, and give Hope for the children to live out a courageous life.
How can ASC Camps benefit your child?
Through our varied and numerous camps and mentorship programs, our goal is for your child to pursue adventure on their terms, build lifelong relationships, find healing and restoration for their hurting hearts.
The camps below are just some of the types we have conducted. In the past we had science, dance, theater and other types of camps. No matter the type of camp, ASC strives in making every camp “a safe place” for your child. During these camps your child will realize that they are not alone in their life journey, but that there are other kids just like them. Our camps bring joy, laughter, adventure, relationships, creativity, a family atmosphere, engagement, leadership, character, integrity and healing for all attendees.
Our camps help your child nurture social skills, build relationships, manage conflicts, enhance self-confidence and learn how to work with other kids and adult mentors. Whether your child worked through homesickness or tackled an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, they walk away from camp feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and a healthy self-awareness. ASC believes the main purpose of camp is to help your child discover and explore their interest, talents, self-worth and values.
Journey Camp is our week-long flagship camp where your children come to a loving, safe environment where they can be themselves, let down their guard, trust and receive love, honor and hope. Journey Camp is a place where they spend a week with other children who are on the same personal journey in pursuit of adventure, building lifelong relationships and seeking restoration and healing.
HUNTING & FISHING CAMPS
Our numerous hunting and fishing camps educate our ASC recipient children on the knowledge of gun safety, gun care, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife. ASC has numerous mentors that hunt and fish with our recipient children to ensure the best chance of harvesting a whitetail deer, quail, turkey or catch that big fish. ASC’s goals are achieved under the supervision of certified professionals and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) Officers.
Songwriting Camps are for ASC recipient children interested in taking the journey in healing by working with accomplished Nashville singer/songwriters to tell their own story. Whether they are interested in country, pop, rock, rap, Christian or folk music, the songwriters always accommodate the kids desire in genre. Songwriting Camp is the place for building new friendships with other ASC kids and songwriters they are teamed up with. By the telling of their stories, our kids better understand where they came from in order to move forward, on their journey of life.
The power to overcome takes place when your child performs their song on stage with their singer/songwriter. By the end of these special performances your children, the other camp attendees and the audience will have built a bond through your child’s song. Camp attendees will have new outlooks on every aspect of their feelings after going through the process of writing their emotions, thoughts and life story in a song.
Arts Camp captures the world of culinary arts, cake decorating, pallet art and photography for your children. Culinary arts class helps fuel a passion for learning the art of cooking and spending time in the kitchen. Cake decorating helps bring out your child’s artistic ideas by designing and decorating their own cake. Pallet art brings out their artistic ideas and how to apply what they imagined on a pallet that they can be proud of. Photography class teaches your child the basics of the art of photography and the basics about the digital cameras that they receive during camp.
Sports Camp is for children of all skill levels and interest levels. Sports can teach lessons in life skills to your kids. Participants become more focused, more passionate, more knowledgeable and more confident in their abilities in basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football, bowling and golf. Campers participate in drills and exercises designed to improve their skills while still having a whole lot of fun. In many cases your child will come home wanting to play one of the sports that they learned while attending our ASC sports camp.
Our horsemanship camp is perfect for riders of all skill levels who love horses. Campers will experience normal camp activities in addition to dedicated riding and horse specific activities. Campers will enjoy building lifelong friendships, participating in camp-wide games, learning through one-on-one teachings, and just being a kid.
Our Citadel Adventure/Military History Camp is perfect for any ASC recipient child. Campers will experience staying on the historical WWII USS Yorktown CV-10 in Charleston. Campers will also be involved in the USS Yorktown’s aviation program. Campers will also spend a day with the Citadel Military College football team and the campers, and their families will be honored during the Citadels military appreciation football game.
PS23 is our leadership program designed for ASC young adults from 17 years of age and older. Leaders attend conferences, counseling training, outback excursions and special retreats empathizing Christian principles and values as they relate to leadership and the career paths of your young adults. PS23 graduates are trained to help facilitate and serve as peer mentors at Journey Camp and other mini camps throughout the calendar year.
Our PS23 Off-The Grid Trip is for our 17-year-old and older mentors that have worked hard as leaders at other ASC camps. It is also for new 17-year-old and older ASC recipient children who are wanting to become a vital part of our PS23 Mentor Program. ASC wants to make sure our PS23 mentors understand how important they are to the ASC PS23 Mentor Program.
Each year ASC will be taking our PS23 mentors on a once in a lifetime “ASC Family” vacation for relationship building, strengthening, and training on how best to mentor the youth of ASC at our yearly camps. It is our intention and vision to see PS23 grow in the future to where we provide life-long touch points for our adult recipients. We expect by 2025 that our young adult programming to be 50 % of everything we do. So, in other words as your kids grow up, we want to grow with them throughout their lives. This is very special and important endeavor for A Soldier’s Child Foundation.
Our PS23 Adventure Camp is for ASC recipients 16-years-old and older who are willing to commit to becoming a PS23 Mentor. Attendees will experience leadership training, adventure, and relationship building.