On July 25, children from the District boarded buses at the Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps to embark on a weeklong trip full of fun and adventure.

The 40 girls and 40 boys traveled to Richardsville, Va., to the Salvation Army’s retreat, Camp Happyland. Each year, the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command sponsors the trip for children ages 6 to 12.

“DC Community Camp is an amazing program where the Salvation Army provides kids a much needed break from the big city,” National Capital Area commander, Maj. Steve Morris said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity for them to have fun with their peers, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

At the camp, the children swam, hiked, made arts and crafts and participated in character building activities.

“For most of these kids, attending DC Community Camp at Camp Happyland is the only vacation they will have this summer,” Morris said in a statement. “If not for the generosity of our donors, most of these families could not otherwise afford to send them to camp. Our hope is that we will have a positive impact on their lives.”