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SSG Chris Swanson Military Camper Fund
photo of SSG Chris Swanson

'We are so excited to partner with RVR. Although this experience has brought us to our knees, it is because of God’s grace that we are able to move forward and give back to those in whom we believe so firmly: our service members and their families. These children deserve this opportunity.' - Gary Swanson
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As a way to assist parents who are actively serving our country or have made the ultimate sacrifice in service (wounded warrior or fallen soldier), River Valley Ranch has established the “SSG Chris Swanson Military Camper Fund” in partnership with the SSG Chris Swanson Charity for Veterans and their Families, Inc. to help send their children to camp through full or partial scholarships.

SSG Christopher W. Swanson was killed while serving his third tour in Iraq on 07/22/2006. Chris believed in his mission and loved leading his men. Growing up in Maryland, Chris attended River Valley Ranch as a child and later became very active in his Youth Department, including inner city mission’s work. He joined the Army in 1999 with a desire to give back to his country. Whenever Chris was deployed, he never asked for anything for himself, but would always request items for the children of Iraq with whom he would have frequent contact. He loved to assist in programs that gave back to the community and help the “least of these”. In keeping with Chris’ desire to help the less fortunate, River Valley Ranch has established a fund to assist military children in honor of Chris. We will be working closely with the SSG Christopher W. Swanson Veteran Support Charities, Inc., a 501 (c-3) tax exempt organization formed by Chris’ family in 2007, to fulfill as many scholarships as we are able.

The SSG Chris Swanson Military Camper Fund is designed for children whose parents are one or more of the following:

  • Are a fallen soldier
  • Have been wounded in battle
  • Are active military
If you or someone you know fits any one of the criteria above, you can click here to apply for a scholarship.

To sponsor a military family child to come to camp you can:

  1. Give a Gift Online
  2. Mail a check to:
    SSG Chris Swanson Military Camper Fund
    River Valley Ranch
    4443 Grave Run Rd
    Manchester, MD 21102

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