Character Camps are an outstanding outreach to the Native kids in the community through a VBS-style day camp. These are fun, affordable, opportunities to invest in the next generation.
All the kids had a great time playing gaga ball, laser guns, painting, watching the puppet show, riding ponies, and fishing. Our team had a chance to interact and build relationships with the kids and the new leaders at the Boys & Girls Club. Some new leaders brought their kids with them, which was encouraging. Two girls from EBC gave Bibles to two of the girls who came. It was such a encouraging thing to witness! Our puppet people, Larry and Vonnie Pratt, did a puppet show Mon-Wed and the kids loved it! Once they left, some of us teens planned and did the program starting with fun songs, a skit about the lost sheep, the message of the Gospel, and a closing song. It was super touching, and the kids were engaged in the program. We gathered as a team in the evenings and sang praises to God. I am super thankful that we have done this: it bonded the team, and we had a wonderful time singing and praying together!
The Character Camp went well! We had a wonderful week. The kids enjoyed the free time, pony rides, and volleyball in the mornings. To change up the program a bit, after we sang, we shared "Animal Facts of the Day" and "Animal Jokes of the Day," and the kids enjoyed these! After lunch, all the kids did a craft. They either made bread or played on the waterslide before heading down to the river. We are so grateful that we could teach character through the word of God and the hope of the Gospel with the kids!
Our August Character Camp went very smoothly, and we connected with the kids that came! This was our largest camp since the pandemic. We had over 30 kids and about ten teen leaders. The kids enjoyed playing basketball, gaga ball, slip and slide, swimming, throwing tomahawks and knives, and baking cookies and bread. One of the boys was super excited about baking cookies, and he's never done it before but had always wanted to. We only had teen leaders on the last day because the kids were with their parents. They spent the day hanging out with us and playing pool. It was a good chance for us to connect with the older kids, and my mom had a long conversation with Michelle, the boys and girls club director. Overall, it was a fun camp and we will miss all the kids! It was a very fruitful camp and many connections were made with the kids!
Written by Lauren Davies