The 9th Annual saint ben’s Day Camp, August 8-12
Camp has just ended, the clean-up has happened, we’ve transitioned our yard and home from “camp” back to normal, and we look back on an awesome week of the saint ben’s day camp!
This is a camp where kids of a variety of ages and from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together and can just be free – free to be kids, free to laugh and play, free to be themselves and to be accepted and celebrated for who they are. This year we had 26 campers, ranging from 7-15 years old. Each day we began with a small group time where we explored how each of us are masterpieces with value and worth, and the implications of that in terms of how we see ourselves and of how we see others. The days were infused with opportunities to then work this out through relating to one another and playing together, treating each other as unique people worth getting to know beyond the surface. We were all challenged to be part of encouraging each other to be ourselves and to know we will be received for who we are.
Every day the campers had opportunity for instruction in skill areas such as bouldering, slacklining, and biking. This year we also added time for optional art activities, and for instruction in parkour in our newly-developed parkour area. All of these skill areas allow the kids to challenge themselves, providing a safe place for them to get outside their comfort zone.
We had a blast playing wide games, watersliding (in our backyard!), participating in skits, and doing bike trail rides at Birds Hill Park.
Six of the campers came through camperships donated by individuals in the saint ben’s community. These camperships went to newcomers to Canada – kids that are part of a transitional school in Winnipeg’s core. Thanks to those who gave of their resources to make it possible for newcomers to Canada to receive the gift of this week.
And thanks to the community of saint benedict’s table and to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, from the campers and from our family, for all your support and prayers and encouragement in this adventure. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!
The Plett Family