Nativity Youth Camp
June 17 – 24, 2017 at Camp Lackawanna
Who Can Attend: All members of the Cathedral community over the age of 8 (having completed 2nd grade) are invited to attend camp as either a camper, counselor or adult staffer. There is no cost to campers to participate in camp Adult staffers must complete their criminal back ground checks and Safe Guarding God’s Children training before being allowed to participate on staff. Camp accommodations include single gender cabins with electricity, screened windows, and bunk beds. Youth counselors bunk in each cabin and adult staff in nearby cabins or the lodge. The expense of camp, which is approximately $690.00 per camper (which includes room, board and program for the week), is paid for out of the Cathedral’s budget and fundraising.
What Do We Do: Worship & Religious Education — We take time for prayer and religious education daily. We celebrate Eucharist together 4 times during the week. Sunday morning we travel by bus to St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock; we have a mid-week community Eucharist and end our time Saturday morning with family and friends to give thanks for our time together. Sunday June 26 we lead the Cathedral in worship with songs and reflections of our camp experience. Activities: Swimming, Canoe trip, Games, Campfire, and more—Camp Lackawanna has a pool, which we use daily if weather permits. Since Camp Lackawanna is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, our older youth sometimes venture out in canoes for fun and team building. Games, games, and more games! Fun and silly Olympic Games created by our youth and tournament games of kickball and softball allow teams to compete for the coveted Broken Bat award. Every camper gets a chance to participate, all abilities are cheered and celebrated. And of course, what is camp without the evening campfire. Each night campers coordinate a campfire activity involving skits, songs, and other entertainment before bed, which is often creative and always amusing. Finally we learn songs and hymns to share on Camp Sunday which are related to the religious education theme of the week. This and more including free time for arts and crafts, bird watching, and games or napping as needed.
Why We Do This: The Cathedral Church of the Nativity has had some form of Camp ministry for over 100 years. It began as a choir camp and has been transformed many times in the past century. We believe that our children and youth are our most treasured members of the community. We want to provide them with a safe and fun place to explore their faith and form friendships that will last a lifetime. NYC is one of our most intentional and successful ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity and we hope to maintain it for another 100 years.
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