Wondering what to do with your children this summer?
St. George’s United Church in Courtenay and Weird Church in Cumberland are hosting “Camp Spirit,” a unique summer day camp program for children ages 6-12, with both in-person and online camp options to accommodate preferences of participating families.
This year’s Camp Spirit activities will focus on the theme, “Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generation of Peace Makers.”
“The goal of our programs is to nurture the spirit of each child, in order to support children and families to live lives of faith, hope, and compassion in the world,” said Reverend Ingrid Brown, minister of children and families at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay, and founder of Cumberland’s Weird Church.
The camp provides a safe, welcoming, faith-based, and affordable summer day camp experience consistent with United Church theology.
Brown says that children will have the opportunity to do arts and crafts, play games, and much more, sharing in stories both ancient and modern, exploring facets of the Christian faith in creative and exciting ways, encouraging them to explore connections with God and the community.
The in-person camp will run Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will include lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt. There will be a total of six weeks of camp in the Comox Valley:
July 13–17, July 20–24, Aug. 3–7 and Aug. 10–14 in Cumberland; and Aug. 17-21 and Aug. 24-28 in Courtenay.
These camps will be led by a team of seasoned and trained staff who have designed the program to be outdoors and safe, ensuring they go above and beyond the recommendations and guidelines for safety for COVID-19 put forward by the provincial health authority.
Camp fees are $80/week per child, and bursaries for 50, 75, or 100 per cent coverage of fees are available. Email Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a bursary code to enter at registration.
“No child will be turned away because of financial need,” said Brown.
For those preferring an online camp experience, Camp Spirit Virtual Camps are ideal for families who are unable to access the in-person camps.
Virtual camps will also be using the faith-based curriculum, “Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generation of Peace Makers.” Virtual campers will be able to log-on for an hour of fun activities with friends and daily exploration of God in their lives.
Camp Spirit Virtual Camp will be offered from July 13 to Aug. 29 at 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.