Campamento Lenca is a very special place for every child at the ICC children’s village in El Salvador. It’s a very beautiful green area covered with lush fruit trees and coconut palms. Every adult child who has grown up at the Hogar Escuela Adventista would tell you about many happy memories made at Campamento Lenca. They would tell you about singing around a camp fire.
They would tell you about camping under the trees and picking sweet ripe mangoes off the trees. They would tell you about the time a huge, out of season storm came unannounced in the middle of the night and flooded their tent. Campamento Lenca is as much a part of the life of every child here as the parents who care for them.
Last December the local Adventist Mission in El Salvador was experiencing difficulties finding a suitable location to hold their Annual Adventurer Camporee. The time for the event was very near and they still had not been able to find a location with a good camping area for the Adventures to have their camporee.
The Adventist Mission then decided to contact our children’s village to see if there was any possible way to hold the event within the property of the Hogar Escuela Adventista. After much planning and consultation with the main office, it was decided to invite the Mission to use Campamento Lenca for their camporee.
Due to financial limitations the children from our children’s village in El Salvador were not going to be able to participate in the Annual Adventurers Camporee this year. Even though they love the fellowship and the camaraderie that camporees offer, they accepted the fact that there were no funds to pay for this trip.
Imagine the thrill in their hearts when they found out that the event was going to be held in their own Campamento Lenca. They could not believe it. The Lord had worked a miracle and they were now going to take part in the event. Not only that, but they were also going to be able to share their beautiful camping facilities with so many other children.
Older children joined their younger siblings raking leaves and cleaning the camping area. They wanted their visiting friends to see how beautiful their Campento Lenca really was.
When opening day came, the Adventurers were ready like any good host to welcome their visitors. With the help of parents and some of the older children, running water was brought to the camping area and showers were installed. Soon a small community of tents went up and the laughter and noise of happy children could be heard.
I would like to share with you a small excerpt from the letter we received from our administrator;
There were our children, a small group of Adventurers, some Pathfinders, and a small team of counselors working together to get the camp ready. Some aunts from the Hogar Escuela and even the counselors helped to cook for the children….
Now our kids are excited about the next event which will take place in the month of April. It is the first National Pathfinder Camporee for the new Salvadorian Union. Our children would like to go, but we don’t have the resources to do it this time.
We pray that our God will somehow make it possible for our kids to be part of this magnificent event. There will be about 100 clubs from around the country, and we would like to be one of them.
The children who come under the care of ICC are children who have experienced unspeakable suffering. Love and compassion is not something they have known. We work very hard through our specialized programs for these children to reconstruct and repair their little broken hearts. With time, and through love and compassion, these children learn to love, to trust, and to show compassion for others.
When our children found out that they would be the hosts of this camporee they were excited, not only because they would be participants in a camporee they had known would not be happening for them, but because they saw it as an opportunity to share their lovely place with others.
They did everything they could to be good hosts and gave the best they could to the visiting clubs. We are very proud of our children and appreciate the work of all the parents, teachers, and other care providers who daily work with these children to teach them about the love of God, and instill in them valuable traits such as respect and compassion for others.
If you feel moved to help our Pathfinder club in El Salvador to be able to participate in the Spring Camporee, please visit our website and make a donation for “El Salvador Pathfinder Club Fund”. Please help our kids be part of this event. We promise we will let you know whether they were able to make it and we will give you an update on how it went for them there.
May the Lord bless you.
Director—ICC Public Relations