by Nicole A. Hershey
We are thrilled with our fourth year of Art of Creation Camp at St. Barnabas! This year, we discovered the beauty of God’s creation through our theme "Molded in God’s Image." We had about 45 kids from preschool through fifth grades.
St. Barnabas parishioner Mev Hammond led the creation of papier-mâché masks. Each child chose an animal, created the mold, draped the papier-mâché, and painted their mask. The masks took four days to complete.
We explored a Godly Play lesson each day, too. Margo Rapp and Marie Trelka told the stories. For a special treat, on days with nice weather, we enjoyed our lesson outside under a tent.
Each day, we also made a craft, led by Erika McCoy. In the beginning of the week, we tie-dyed camp t-shirts, and each age group made a clay sculpture project. On Wednesday, our Godly Play lesson talked about the Exodus from Egypt and how the Israelites made unleavened bread. Each age group made their own masa bread, so we could taste what the Israelites ate.
Kara Shay and Pastor Nancy led the music. They sang songs, rang hand chimes, and played percussion instruments. Slocomb Reed supervised recess to help the kids get out their wiggles. On Friday, Nicole A. Hershey led creative movement.
All of this would have been impossible without our 39 adult and teen volunteers! John Byrne and Ryan McCoy provided security, and Judy Pflaumer was our camp nurse. Donna Rapp, Merrily Davis, and Amy Hill prepared healthy, delicious snacks each day. We had 15 adult and teen mentors who guided each age group throughout the week.
Thank you to everyone for a great week of camp!