Hope's Crossing Camp is for children ages 9 to 16. Campers are each assigned their own counselor for the duration of camp based on gender, interests and personality. Our counselors ensure that each camper has the most enjoyable summer camp experience possible. Campers will receive a Hope's Crossing t-shirt.
Hope's Crossing uses the beautiful facilities of Camp Loughridge, nestled in 200 wooded-acres in West Tulsa.
Hope's Crossing counselors are all volunteers ages 17-25, selected for their values as well as their ability and desire to work with children. They are high school students, college students and young adults. All counselors receive training in camp safety, as well as the physical, social and spiritual needs of children. In addition, each counselor is prepared for their assigned camper's individual needs.
There is also a registered nurse at camp each day as well as a physician on call at all times. All required medication is administered by the Hope's Crossing registered nurse.
All Hope's Crossing campers participate in activities such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, basketball, arts and crafts and even rope course activities designed for children with disabilities under the guidance of a certified ropes instructor. All canoeing and swimming sessions are supervised by certified lifeguards, and campers are required to wear life jackets in canoes.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER: Bob Degen
Bob Degen's idea to help children with disabilities have a more enjoyable summer camp experience began when he met Truman Hedrick and Charlie Chaffin in 2011. Truman was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the femur at age 9; Charlie was diagnosed with brain cancer. Truman and Charlie endured intense chemotherapy and treatment, and Truman lost his leg to cancer. Both boys are now recovering, but the psychological effects of such endurance is nearly as deep as the cancer itself. Truman and Charlie are special kids -- in spirit, heart and body. Mr. Degen realized that Truman and Charlie could benefit from a camp experience to build their self-esteem and confidence as well as to simply have fun with other kids. In 2012, with the help of his family, Mr. Degen founded Hope's Crossing Camp in Tulsa, Okla. Mr. Degen personally raises funds for the camp so that each child may attend for FREE. To support Hope's Crossing and Mr. Degen's efforts, visit the Support page of this website. Hope's Crossing Camp is a 501(c)(3) organization.