Salvation Army Camp at Home Brings Fun and Learning Together
It was a fun filled week for a group of children from The Salvation Army Ottawa Citadel who attended their annual Camp at Home at the church.
The week long camp is provided by a group of young leaders who visit eight different churches in the area throughout the summer offering a camp at home experience for up to 40 children at a time.
The children from the Ottawa Citadel Church spent the week making crafts, bucket drumming, playing sports, learning to make jam, swimming and engaging in Bible studies through interactive play, stories and music.
“The kids went swimming at a small pool and we played on a large tarp and made a slip and slide. We also have a portable climbing wall for the children,” said Alexis Hewines, a junior Camp at Home leader. “I just loved their energy this week. They were all so well behaved and interested in the activities.”
For many of the campers learning about God and The Salvation Army was a new experience.
“We invite families to worship with us on Sunday and know God’s love and to me that is the most important part,” said Noah Gonyea, assistant Camp at Home Coordinator. “Friends and fun are of course a big part of camp too and it keeps them coming back every year. The kids always love the activities we do.”
Brent Ferguson whose three children attended Camp at Home says he would recommend the camp to other families.
“The ratio of campers to staff is good. There are also lots of volunteers so the kids get lots of attention. They spent a lot of time outside, in the water, making crafts, listening to stories and they have lots of fun doing it,” he said.
His son Ewan the youngest of the three smiled and said “My favourite thing was bucket drumming and I told jokes in the talent show.”
The Ottawa Citadel ended their Camp at Home week with a celebratory BBQ meal for all the families and congregation.
To learn more about the Ottawa Citadel’s free programs and services including summer camp please contact the church at 613-731-0165.