We facilitated three Kingston pods, booking 5 weeks of summer for day camps. All camps ran from 9am to 2pm with campers bringing their own water, snacks & lunch. Our counselors included a few campers from our residential summer camp as well as several students from Mico Teachers College.
For our first pod, we partnered with Maxfield Children’s Home, through Laveda Thompson, to give approximately 17 wards of the state a memorable day-camp experience and a welcomed break from their regular routine. Hope Zoo proved to be a spectacular location as they provided a special package for our campers which gave us access to the zoo, meals and other necessary amenities. Their camp program included team building sessions, flag-making & Zoo walks.
Our second pod was with St. Philip’s Anglican Church. This was our second year working with them, and they had originally hoped to have 30 campers for this 2-week program. However a shooting in the area caused half of the campers not to show up. Nevertheless, campers had a great time, deepening their knowledge and understanding of who Jesus is, His expectations of them, and what that looks like in their specific context. Their camp program included table tennis lessons, talks on peer pressure & etiquette & making vision boards.
Our final pod camp also ran for 2 weeks and was also a repeat group from last year with a few new campers. This was hosted in the front yard of a family home. Their focus was “Go, Glow, Grow with Jesus.” Some of the devotions focused on the fruit of the Spirit and how to nurture these in their daily lives. Their camp program included slime-making, hand-puppet crafts & rugby-netball.