Camp New Hope began in 1992 when Oklahoma Episcopalians visiting prisons realized the number one concern of those in prison was the children they had left behind. A small group of volunteers created a camp for children ages 8-12 who had a parent in prison. The three day camp served six children. Evidence of the need of such a program became clear as the number of children served by the camp increased each year.
In 2000, a second camp was added for children ages 13-15 and children who had participated in the camp were now counselors–in–training and served as camp staff to the younger campers in 2002. In 2003 New Hope Oklahoma expands to provide service throughout the year for children with a parent in prison. In 2006 two additional camps were added, retreats and holiday parties were also included in the yearlong programming.
In 2007 New Hope becomes a non-profit corporation with 501c3 status. In 2009, four days of after-school programs were implemented and the number of campers had increased to 134. Today we serve more than 400 children through the year in various programs. We serve approximately 150 children each week in our after-school and community based programs and provide camps, retreats and holiday parties to more than 400 children across Oklahoma.