Greetings and Welcome!
Thank you for taking an interest in our annual VBS summer camp program here at Saints Peter and Paul, Mount Carmel and Assumption BVM, Centralia. This summer will mark the third year for our program and we are very excited! This year’s camp will be held this August 8th through the 12th, from 10am until 3pm at Assumption BVM in Centralia.
Imagine what it was like to live and work in a dusty, bustling, noisy city along the Nile in ancient Egypt. You would hear the hubbub about what was happening in Pharaoh’s palace. You might work with people who followed countless gods—and perhaps hear about someone who follows only one God. Perhaps you’d wonder about the new guy Pharaoh has put in charge of storing and distributing food. Some say this former prisoner has the gift of interpreting dreams! Egypt immerses learners of all ages in Bible-times culture, helping kids and adults explore what it might have been like to live in a culture that had never heard of the one true God. Families will experience new traditions, taste new foods, try new craft projects, and discover that God never leaves us alone through life’s trials and triumphs. Kids will gather for a brief time of worship at Celebration before joining their Egyptian Families for small-group interaction. During Family Time, Egyptian Families will get ready to step back in time by looking at their “travel itinerary” (that’s their daily schedule), putting on their Family Banduras, and preparing to share God’s love throughout Egypt. Then Families are off to visit Joseph while he’s in prison (or when he’s moved into the palace), or laugh and play at Pyramid Playground. Every group will have plenty of time to explore the Marketplace, where they might create an Egyptian board game, craft a jeweled Cairo Collar, design an authentic-looking Hieroglyphic Necklace, and sample unique treats at the Food Shop.
Throughout the day, your children will be challenged to share God’s love and their belief in God with shopkeepers, Joseph’s guard, and the Pyramid Playground Leader. This is an important part of our summer camp as it allows participants to practice sharing their faith in a safe environment. Talk about real life-application! The day at Egypt wraps up with Family Time, where kids connect their experiences “in Egypt” to their modern-day lives at home. They’ll discuss how they see God’s hand today, what God’s love means to them, and how they can share that love with others. In fact, your children will learn to watch for evidence of God in everyday life! They’ll even build their own monument to God right at camp that we will display in our church. Finally, everyone will gather for a brief time of singing and announcements at Celebration. This unique, hands-on approach to Bible learning is one that kids won’t soon forget!
Where: The grounds of Assumption BVM, Centralia
When: August 8th through 12th from 10:00am until 3:00pm
(A free lunch and snacks provided)
Contact: If you are interested in our camp, information and registration forms are available on our website www.sspeterandpaulmc.org, by contacting our church office at (570)339-0650, or our camp director Gene Lapointe at (570) 205-7726
This camp is open to all children in the area, and is free of charge.
- 10:00 -11:00 every day we start out with Divine Liturgy.
- 11:00-11:15 after liturgy there is a scheduled group bathroom break before we separate into tribes.
- 11:15-11:45 will be tribe celebration, and huddle. In huddle, your child’s tribe leader will go over the bible points, and lesson of the day. During this time, your child can also talk with his/her group about a God sighting they may have noticed.
- 11:45-12:15 will be a group lunch. Every year we strive to not only have delicious and nutritious lunches, but also to incorporate something from the biblical time or area our camp is set in. During our previous camps we found, though some were apprehensive at first, many children found new foods they enjoyed.
- 12:15-1:15 will again spilt into our tribes and rotate through meeting and talking to Joseph, doing a fun theme related craft, and visiting the fun and games. As with everything else the crafts and games are themed and based on games from our biblical time period.
- 1:15-1:45 while still in our tribes we will once again do a closing huddle to see examples of bible lesson for the day, and talk with our tribe members and leader about all we saw, did and learned.
- 1:45-2:15 we will all rejoin as a group to enjoy a snack and beverage. There will also be another group bathroom break at this time.
- 2:15-2:30 while enjoying our snacks we will gather together to do closing celebration. Every year we try to teach the children a special song or prayer special to our Ukrainian Catholic Church as a way of sharing our heritage with the children of the area.
- 2:30-3:00 after this time many of the children who are waiting for parents enjoy games together or check on their crafts to take home. Every day they will receive a bible buddy that has the lesson of the day on it so they can share all they learned with you at home!
As an added treat, on Wednesday August 10th, all of the children of our parish and all summer camp children are invited to join us at Knoebel’s grove for a light dinner of hot dogs, chips and a drink. The men of our Holy Name Society sponsor this event as well as a handstamp for all children. There will be additional information regarding this event on the first day of camp. Each year we also purchase shirts for the children that we encourage them to wear to our Knoebel’s night.
We have had so many fun and meaningful days during our last two summer camps. We hope you will allow your child to join us this year to make it even better than the last, and to help them grow in faith, fun and friendship.
If you need any additional information, or have any questions please feel free to contact the Camp Director, Gene Lapointe at (570)205-7726, or the church office at (570)339-0650.