About Us

The purpose of Hope’s Haven is to introduce abused and neglected children to the life-changing and healing reality of Jesus Christ and to help equip them to have meaningful, productive lives. We do this through a back-to-nature, fun-filled camping experience.

All campers are wards of the court, and most are living in group or foster homes. Hope’s Haven provides these precious children an opportunity to meet the Lord through an outdoor camping experience designed especially for them.

The campers hear about Jesus’ love through worship, Bible study, verse memorization, time spent with camp Mentors, and lots of FUN! Activities include hiking, crafts, swimming, games and much more.

The camp weeks are held at Camp Swatara in Bethel, Pa. The camper to counselor ratio is 2 to 1, with only 24 children per week, creating a safe environment and the ability to provide much needed attention. Each child is invited back each year until they graduate from high school.

The entire camping experience is provided at no charge to the child or agency and is funded by churches, individuals and groups that support the mission of Hope’s Haven.

Hope’s Haven is a Christian, nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with any church or denomination. See our statement of faith for more information.

Download our Ministry Brochure in the Quick Links section. Please feel free to copy and distribute the brochure to anyone interested in the ministry of Hope’s Haven.

Camp Locations

Camp Swatara
2905 Camp Swatara Rd
Bethel, PA 19507
Phone: 717-933-8510


Shirley and Jesse Bard
Camp Directors

Contact Us

Business Office

661 E. Market Street
Williamstown, PA 17098
Phone: 570-850-9443
Fax: 877-335-6214

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2020 Camp Dates

Grades 4 - 6
To be determined
Grades 7 - 9
To be determined
Grades 10 - 12
To be determined