UrbanPromise Summer Camp Recap

The Rev. Joanne tells a story about a farmer who prays to God from his heart. Then the campers wrote their own prayers.

The Rev. Joanne tells a story about a farmer who prays to God from his heart. Then the campers wrote their own prayers.

Summer Camp at UrbanPromise Trenton was a BIG success.

We had twenty-five children from Kindergarten to fourth grade for four afternoons last week. Our theme was storytelling through the use of parables and fables. Do you know the difference? The Rev. Joanne Epply-Schmidt opened for us on Monday with her story of the shepherd boy that offered his prayers up to God. Each of the children then wrote a prayer on a white cloud and we put all of them on the bulletin wall.

Elizabeth White had all of the children wondering what was under the blue pond on the floor. In a quiet voice we found glittery bracelets and learned about telling a lie. We then acted out three of Aesop’s fables and gave the children time to get the wiggles out. Martha Lashbrook took us to the jungle of Guatemala for a story about The Bird of Ten Thousand Colors — many of them knew it was the Quetzal bird. The children were able to make a bird of their own out of styrofoam balls and lots of feathers and glue. This story was all about the kindness of others.

Janet Moore finished the week with her stories of Chief Seattle and the Native Americans of the Northwestern United States and Canada. Each child learned about Totem poles and how they represent the spirit world. They then chose an animal picture that they felt represented their strengths or qualities and we put them on the wall in the form of a Totem. We had a great time and couldn't have done it without the fabulous interns that Urban Promise hired. Everyone had a good time and learned something new while having fun in a safe environment with caring people around them.

The Rev. Joanne tells a story about a farmer who prays to God from his heart. Then the campers wrote their own prayers.

The Rev. Joanne tells a story about a farmer who prays to God from his heart. Then the campers wrote their own prayers.

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The campers shared their understanding of the stories through their art and actions!

The campers shared their understanding of the stories through their art and actions!

Elizabeth White shares fables by Aesop and then the campers perform the stories as skits.

Elizabeth White shares fables by Aesop and then the campers perform the stories as skits.

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Martha Lashbrook with Melissa Mantz. Martha shared a great story about a quetzal bird who shared his beautiful feathers with his friend (a lesson about keeping our promises).

Martha Lashbrook with Melissa Mantz. Martha shared a great story about a quetzal bird who shared his beautiful feathers with his friend (a lesson about keeping our promises).

We enjoyed healthy snacks each afternoon. Campers heard Chief Seattle’s speech encouraging us to protect the earth’s lands, waters and sky. The campers then chose woodland animals and positive adjectives to describe themselves.

We enjoyed healthy snacks each afternoon. Campers heard Chief Seattle’s speech encouraging us to protect the earth’s lands, waters and sky. The campers then chose woodland animals and positive adjectives to describe themselves.

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