Camp Noah is a locally hosted event for elementary-age children whose communities have been impacted by disaster.
Camp Noah is a nationally acclaimed preparedness and
resiliency day camp for elementary children in communities impacted by disaster
Camp Noah brings hope and healing to communities that have been impacted by disaster.
Our vision is to serve disaster-impacted children and families by building resiliency, restoring hope, and changing lives.
How we work
Camp Noah provides a safe and caring environment where children build resiliency skills within the familiarity of their own communities, using a proven curriculum designed to help children process their disaster and/or trauma experience through creative activities and play.
Camp Noah celebrates every child as special. In this safe and supportive setting, children are encouraged to face their fears, grieve their losses, identify and share their unique gifts and talents, and plan for an amazing future.
Camp Noah began in 1997 as a response to flooding in the Red River Valley (North Dakota and Minnesota). In 2006, Camp Noah grew dramatically in response to Hurricane Katrina. Camp Noah has developed into a nationally recognized program for children whose communities have been impacted by disasters.
To date, Camp Noah has been hosted in 29 states and Puerto
Rico in response to a wide range of natural and human-caused disasters. Since 1997, 273 camps with over 4,000 adult volunteers have served
nearly 14,000 elementary-age children. Camp Noah has a very small but dedicated
staff, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Camp Noah is owned and operated on a national basis by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota..
Why should children attend Camp Noah?
Disaster changes lives—especially for children. And whatever type of disaster or trauma they have experienced, children often need support to process what has happened. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The Psychosocial Implications of Disaster or Terrorism on Children,” states: “if children are helped to learn to cope with this stress, their symptoms subside. We can help our children live with this fear, adjust to it, and plan for the future rather than remain paralyzed in fear” (2005).
2014, 96% of campers surveyed learned two or more resiliency skills during Camp
Noah, and 99% of campers said they had fun! Also in 2014, 99% of parents
surveyed said they would recommend Camp Noah to other parents. One parent
commented, “Talking with other children who went through the same experience as
them helps them feel they are not alone, which is a huge feat.”
How Camp Noah Helps Children
During Camp Noah, a team of Certified Camp Staff accompanies campers through an intentional process that enables the children to process their disaster and/or trauma experiences and gives them the space and time necessary to tell their stories and build resiliency skills. Campers participate in small groups, large group time (including music, skits and puppet shows), crafts, and recreation time.
Noah is FUN! Here are several comments from 2014 campers: “I love
it! I wish I could go 62 times!” “It was REAAAAALLLLLLY awesome.” “This camp is
all about fun!” One camper told us: “I had a really good time and I learned I
am special just the way I am and nothing can change that.” Another
said, “This was the best week of my whole life so far!” “I loved it!” is a
frequent comment from campers.
Camp Noah provides a space for kids to be kids.
If you are interested in learning more about Camp Noah, please call us at 1.800.987.0061 or send us a message.