Summer Camp

Creation with Care
Christ Church Summer Camp, Christ Church Hall, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
July 30 - August 3, 9-4:30 daily, Early drop-off and late pick-up - 8:30 - 5
Email camp@christchurchdartmouth.ns.ca for more information

In this year's summer camp we will use art, excursions and activities to explore and celebrate the natural environment that sustains us. This is a fun summer camp for children age 4-12. Our explorations will consist of active and engaging "hands-on" activities. We will recycle, reuse or use local renewable resources to make decorations for a Natal Day bicycle flotilla.

Job 12:7 - “But ask the beasts to teach you, the birds of the air to tell you, the plants of the earth to instruct you, the fish of the sea to inform you…”

Good Earth
Gardeners understand the importance of sowing seeds on good soil.
We get our hands dirty. We will dig in the dirt, learn about composting, and model clay plates to hold healthy snacks fresh grown on organic maritime soil.
Mark 4:8 “Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

Refreshing Water
The sun warms us and helps plants grow but on a hot day we are restored by water. Throughout the week we will water the garden with water from a rain barrel and frequently drink clean tap water. On a day dedicated to appreciating water, we will make visors to protect our faces from the sun and then go out and adopt a water shed with Clean Nova Scotia.
Ezekiel 47:9 “…everything will live where the river goes.”

Ruach – breath, air, spirit and life
We can't live without air but we only notice it when it smells or moves or there isn't enough to breath. Green spaces in cities help restore air quality.
We will play games in a nearby park and create wind sculptures from recycled materials.
John 3:8 “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Pattern and Diversity
Day turns to night, night becomes day. Life follows a pattern. Some patterns are healthy and some are not. What is amazing is the variety of patterns that we can find once we start looking. We'll look at the many different patterns of nature, learn a dance pattern, weave baskets from recycled or common natural materials and create edible art with locally farmed food.
Ecclesiastics 3:1“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”

The Web of Life
For Natal Day we will try to represent our place in the web of life. We will use our old puppets and make props to assemble a zero emission bicycle flotilla for the Natal Day Parade.
Ecclesiastics 3:19 - “For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other.”

Thank-you to everyone who is making this camp possible including:
The Dartmouth Community Health Board, Clean Nova Scotia, The Christ Church Historical Committee, Christ Church Sunday School and Youth Group, Ruth Jackson-Kroll, Heather Gordon and The Nova Scotia Basketry Guild, Christ Church and Christ Church Parishioners and everyone who came to the Lovely Lunch on Mother's Day.

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