Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer and Music Camps

We started our summer ministry programme with 10 days of music camps. Most were day camps and a couple, the band and older kids had 2 days. With help from music teacher Todd Nolan, our interns Amberly Piotrowski and Michelle Parker and some of the team who were here at the time, the kids had a lot of fun learning more about music through playing instruments, singing, listening and other related activities. Some of them were lucky enough to finish their day with a swim in the pool. After last years successful backpacking trip in the mountains with some of our older teenage boys, we decided to do the same again this year. Again this was a great success with many fun mountain excursions as well as bible studies and in depth discussions. Not to be outdone, we had girl camps for the older girls. They enjoyed a spa day (run by the staff), pool party, as well as bible studies and discussions. For both the boys and girls camps this year, the topic was purity. For the younger kids, this summer we did summer camp in a different way. Instead of having overnight camps where we could see only a percentage of the kids we work with, we decided to try day camps in 2 different locations simultaneously. This allowed us to work with around 300 kids. Each day was filled with crafts, stories and fun activities based on the 5 senses and Gods creation.

The five senses

learning to swim

A nature walk - what can you hear?

Music days in the sun.

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