After we have had the opportunity to impact the lives of our elementary age youth with a fun and encouraging summer camp experience, it is important to stay connected throughout the school year.
Because many of our kids have after school events or arrive home late due to being bussed to a suburban school, it has been impossible to get good attendance for an after school program. The solution was to create “Sunshine Saturdays” – a once a month special event to bring everyone together.
The children arrive in time for lunch (their favorite camp lunch meals) and spend the rest of the afternoon having fun in our beautiful, spacious Youth Center. Some of their favorite activities include:
- Dodge ball in the gym
- Educational games in the computer center
- Creative crafts in the classroom
- Challenging games of ping pong, air hockey or pool in the snack bar
And, of course, each Sunshine Saturday includes an encouraging Bible time to help them continue to apply the lessons they learned at camp.
Some of our Sunshine Saturdays are parties to celebrate holidays or other special events. In September we have a Back-To-School Carnival, December is our Christmas Party and our Easter Party is in the spring. We also have our annual Book Fair at the last Sunshine Saturday before the school year ends.