Camp for inner city kids aims to stop Los Angeles gang violence

Leo Stallworth (KABC) | September 13, 2013

LAKE HUGHES, Calif. — What does swimming, rope climbing and camping have to do with fighting gang violence? Everything, according to the owner of a kids camp in Lake Hughes.

More than 100 inner city kids are at Canyon Creek Camp in an effort to stop the cycle of gang violence in South Los Angeles. Jeff and Joyce Robinson own the camp.

“They are not having a childhood and they come up here and they have a chance at a childhood,” said Joyce Robinson.

For many of the 118 kids who stepped off a bus Friday morning at the camp, it was their first time away from the housing projects, the gangs and the violence that are too often a part of their daily lives.

“We are working toward something that is really historical,” said Joyce Robinson.

The Robinsons believe nature and love can touch children’s lives to help break the cycle of gang violence and crime in the inner city, one child at a time.

“They have never seen mountains. They’ve never seen deer. They can’t even dream about these things because they don’t even know they exist,” said Jeff Robinson.

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