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Summer Day Camp

Summer 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, campus is quiet this summer and we will not be hosting a summer day camp in 2020. Our plans were already being formed so rest assured we will be back for a tenth summer next year.

In the meantime we hope you will enjoy this video of campers and volunteers singing and doing the actions to ‘Father Abraham’ as a reminder of summer’s past.

Weekly Sunday School videos can be accessed via our website throughout the summer.

If you are looking for a virtual summer camp experience we are pleased to recommend you visit the website of Holy Cross, another church in our deanery who is offering three weeks of VBS online. You can sign up to receive the details and get the daily videos for free at this link.

Rev. Mark and his team will provide you with a list of supplies – including suggested snacks to make at home to go with the themes. Each week there will be music, daily videos and activities to follow along with. The themes and dates are –

  • July 6-10, 2020 – Dr. Seuss on the Loose. God’s Love is Always a Party…
  • July 13-17, 2020 – Finding Nemo . A journey in God’s love…
  • July 20-24, 2020 – Welcome to Hogwarts! The gospel according to Harry Potter…

On top of Mountains –
Summer Camp at St. James’ 2019.

Where cardboard boxes become mountains
and building blocks,
Where glass jars make lanterns,
Where rocks make pets and tell stories,
Where old friends and new meet up,
Where a little faith can move mountains,
And where adults and children are all beloved Children of God.

Some comments from kids and volunteers about this year’s summer camp:

Camp was really, really, really fun!!! My favorite part was making the labyrinth out of clay and choosing my own colors. We were free to choose our favorites so every person could make what they liked the best. Mine was Gryffindor colors. I also liked that my friends were at camp. I was excited to play with them, especially building the box fort on the hot day!

Owen

Camp was fun! My favorite part was making the protein bar. It was the best because we got to bring them home and eat them. We also got to build with clay and paint rocks lots of colors.

Paxton

I loved the engagement and involvement of each and every child in different activities that we did all day long. My children have been singing at home after the summer camp.

Peter

The youth volunteers were such a pleasure to team with…courteous, fun and they offered great suggestions with snack arrangements and food handouts. They assisted the VBS campers with clean up after snacks and crafts, and demonstrated the importance of recycling and keeping the church grounds clean. A bucketful of thanks and smiles to them.

Lauren

I have volunteered for all 9 years of Summer Camp. It has been amazing to see the growth of the children-how tall and grown up they have become. It is also amazing to see the excellent planning and thoughts that go into making this week a huge success. A success not only for the children but for the volunteers, young and “advanced” in age! I have loved every year and am looking forward to next year.

Ruth

Thank you to everyone who is part of summer camp, from the ideas, the gathering of supplies, the paperwork, the prayers, the parents, volunteers and kids. The success of camp comes from the combination of all these parts, and more.

Jan Scrutton