“How much longer until verano (summer), Ina?” An often asked question.
For some people on our island the thought of summer might bring a dread of more heat and at times seemingly unbearable humidity. That is not what the children, youth and parents are asking me. They aren’t asking when school vacation starts. They are asking when our camps are going to begin. I have to chuckle when a camper asks two days after our camping season has just ended!
Since 2008 we have been able to offer a summer day camping experience in Cercadillo. Summer camps have definitely morphed through the years along with those of us leading and planning the events! I love that it has become such a part of village life that words “summer” and “camp” have become synonymous.
Girls’ Camps (7-12 years olds) & (13-17 years old)
This years’ Girls’ and Youth Girls’ Camps were led by OUR women!!! They have assisted in our other camps for the last few years, but this year we were there to assist them as they led. You’ll recognize Jessica Terpstra, our faithful summer volunteer, on the left and Rebekah Cline on the right. Sarah Pierce, an awesome college student from North Carolina, volunteered with us as well.
I loved those moments during these days when there were absolutely no “outsiders” and all the campers were engaged in meaningful activities with exuberant leaders. Rebekah, Jessica and I just stood back and smiled. Don’t get me wrong! We greatly appreciate all that our visiting groups add to the summer programming, but this . . . this is the ultimate goal . . . that OUR people can lead and serve in their own community!
Children’s Camp (Boys and Girls 7-12 years old)
You have to have crafts at summer camp, right?
And games . . . lots of games . . .
But wait . . . there is more . . .
And just a whole lot of great memory making moments . . .
Baseball Camp (Boys 8-17 years old)
Maryville Baptist Church from Maryville, IL returned to lead our boys in three baseball camps again this year.
What a great verano! Thanks to all who made it happen!