"CAMP SPIRIT" at Galilee
For the third year in a row, the Episcopal Church of Nevada will be sponsoring a summer camp for Children of Inmates. This year it is called "Camp Spirit." It will occur from August 12-19, Sunday to Sunday, at the Episcopal Camp & Conference Center, otherwise known as Camp Galilee, which is on the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe.
This is an ecumenical effort
as other churches help us sponsor the children who will attend the camp.
Other organizations that engage in prison ministries of any sort may
also be able to refer families to us who have a member in prison, whose
children are between the ages of 8-12 years old.
I am the "official recruiter" of
camp children, so if you have some live applicants, please have the
families fill out the details (see attached form) and send it to Donna
Margerum (her address is included) but please also let me know as I'll
need to keep a running count of how many plan to come. I'll need to
know when to stop recruiting. We can only hold 40 children, max. We
are aiming at between 30-40 children between the ages of 8-12. We had
wider age ranges before and found it too unwieldy.
If we get a lot of interest from
Las Vegas, we could conceivably go to two vans. If families can provide
their own transportation, then they can come from anywhere. We are
really not equipped to do much of that. All costs of the camp, though,
will be covered by the fundraising of the churches. We may need some
help getting children to and from the camp as some families do not
own reliable cars and we don't want children to miss the camping experience
because of that.
For Camp Spirit, we provide each
child with a backpack with a Bible (courtesy of Angel Tree), flashlight,
notebook of blank paper, pencil, pen,sunblock, bug repellant, etc.,
and they are provided a snack every afternoon in between lunch and
dinner. Staff includes three priests and one deacon; one Hispanic and
one Black person; young and older a like. All the adult staff are volunteers.
We will be paying four young people--two young women and two young
men in their late teens or early 20's, to be camp counselors to work
more directly with the children, sleep in their cabins, etc.
REMEMBER, 70% OF CHILDREN OF INMATES
WILL BECOME INMATES THEMSELVES UNLESS WE BREAK THE CYCLE. IT IS THE
HUMANE, COMPASSIONATE, AND SMART THING FOR SOCIETY TO INVEST IN THE
YOUTH WHILE THEY CAN STILL BE GUIDED IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD.
Still working on:
Activities -- Cash Mitchell will check with the Dept. of Wildlife for a program with a live animal. Kathleen McGlone will work on getting disposable cameras for each camper. We will have several surprises for the campers during the week, including a magic show, star gazing, make your own ice cream in a bag (Terri Golish will coordinate). We will have a hike and smores down on the beach.
Transportation -- We will work with those who do not have rides to camp.
Finances -- We need help asking congregations for donations. Donations are a lot slower coming in this year than last.
We have a Palanca list if you find people who would rather donate things than money. "Rafts" are one item on the list and cost around $6 a piece. We don't need 40 rafts, but maybe 10-15 would do.