Introduction of theme
Registration and Sign in
Things you will need: altar space with stones, instruments to lead and for campers to accompany with, music, projector, screen and computer, world map.
Welcome to Camp
Welcome! I am and we are so happy that you have chosen to be here with us this week. Together we will be exploring God’s creation, we will witness that God is with us and still creating today, and remember that you are part of God’s beautiful creation.
- Introduce staff/volunteers
- If you are using wristbands or dots on name tags to put campers into groups, explain that at this time
- Outline the day so campers know what to expect
- Go over the safety plan
- Indicate where water stations, quiet areas and washrooms are located
Invitation to worship
God of extravagant love, you call us to this new day as the world around us wakens from its rest.
Thank you for this place we call home and those who have tended and cared for it before us. Today we pray in this time that we Encounter your word through the stories and sharing, the songs and joyful noise, through your creation as with each other. Amen
Genesis 1: 1-31 ( in a translation you wish to use, reference the introduction for examples.)
- What is your favourite part of the story?
- Do you have a favourite day of creation?
- What do you think the Earth looked like?
- Why do you think God created the world?
- Would you have made the Earth in the same order of days?
- When you think about creation, how does it make you feel?
- How does it make you feel when we hear God is very happy with creation?
Interpret: Encourage the campers to retell the story through movement and words
Encounter 2 – Introduction to PWRDF
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief. That’s a lot of big words in one sentence so let’s take a look at what that really means: How about we start at the beginning with the P.
The Primate is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada; this is the most senior bishop. The Primate can be any gender. The current primate is Archbishop Linda Nicholls.
World. Today PWRDF works with partners in Africa, Asia,
Latin America/Caribbean and Canada.
Relief is a response to address and act on the immediate needs of people who are victims of natural and human made disasters and violence. These responses typically include food, water, shelter and medical supplies. This is a short-term response to the needs of people that is delivered directly to a disaster area.
Development is a long-term commitment and partnership that is established when a community identifies a problem and a sustainable strategy is established to respond.
Fund. Where the money from many individual donations is held, like a bank account; the fund is to enable PWRDF to respond when a community or country needs PWRDF’s support.
Through the support of individuals like you and Anglican parishes all across Canada, just like this one, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to partners around the world working to improve health, food security and livelihoods for vulnerable people. The funds can be accessed for all the work PWRDF is engaged in, Emergency Response Relief work and Development Partnerships work.
We are not in this work alone — PWRDF is a member of *ACT Alliance and *Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB).
• ACT Alliance is a group of 150 churches and church-related organizations working together in over 125 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. https://actalliance.org
• Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. https://foodgrainsbank.ca
PWRDF also works on advocacy through the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives). This means if there is something happening in the world that could hurt other people, the land or the environment, we will write to the Prime Minister and other leaders to ask them to change that law or action – we encourage you to do this too.
Just as PWRDF isn’t in this alone, neither are you; when we see or hear of emergencies and disasters in the world sometimes we feel overwhelmed, sad, worried, scared… it’s okay to have these emotions. As we try to understand how another person is feeling and care about them we feel empathy. It is also really important that we talk about these feelings and emotions and remember that we are not alone. We all need to process our knowledge and experiences, and acknowledge that sometimes these are scary and awful things.
Something else that is really important to remember is to see hope in these events, as people come together and help each other, with the immediate resources they have, and by people giving generously of their money, time and expertise.
Pass around a basket of stones and ask each camper and volunteer to take a stone in their hand, once everyone has a stone continue with the following:
Look at your stone, turn it around, feel its surface…its shape, its texture, its colour, its bruises and cracks, its worn edges… if you feel comfortable enough, close your eyes as you do this so you become so familiar with your stone that you would be able to find it again. Can you imagine its story, the journey it has been on, the secrets it holds? How has it come to your hand? Was it once laid down by a great ocean, containing the remnants of what was once teeming life, slowly pushing together, becoming one solid stone holding the history of the plants and animals that lived and died together? Did it lie for centuries deep in the heart of the Earth, only to be thrown in an instant up and into the cooling air, cooling and shaping crystals and colours, becoming a building block of the great mountains and islands? Was it changed by great pressure and heat, by the twists and turns of the planet, pulled, pushed and stretched? What forces shaped it? Ice and fire, wind and tide, erosion and eruptions… smashing it, polishing it, shaping it… the many episodes bringing it to this moment.
Adapted from -Navigatio, Pocket Liturgies, From Safe Space: Telford
Ask the campers and volunteers, “What are you most looking forward to today?”
Once everyone has thought of something, invite everyone to bring their stone up to the altar and name out loud what they are looking forward to today.
Once everyone has had a chance to respond, offer a prayer for those things and the day at camp.
Creator God, Thank you for creating this awesome world, we pray for this day at camp,
for all the activities we are going to do and all the things we have named that we are looking forward to today, we pray that we will have fun, are safe and that we make new discoveries.
We pray that we encounter the power of your love through creation and each other.
Today as we go about all of our camp activities, pay attention to where you see the light and life that God has created, as you notice these things, the warmth of the sun, the smile of a friend, a bird, the grass or a flower.
Name Toss (Low Activity)
Objective: Learn names
Equipment: a ball
How to play:
- Arrange the group in a circle
- One person starts off by saying their name then tosses the ball to someone else in the circle
- That person in turn says “Thank you……. My name is ………” and tosses the ball to someone else
who has not yet received the ball and says “Thank you……. My name is ………”
- This continues until everyone in the circle has received the ball once.
- If the ball is dropped pick the ball up and continue the play
Added challenge, try and pass the ball around the circle without dropping it, if the ball is dropped restart until you can pass the ball without dropping it.
Pass the ball by naming the person you are tossing it to.
Song – Like a Rock, By Linnea Good
Like a rock, like a rock, God is under our feet.
Like the starry night sky God is over our head.
Like the sun on the horizon God is ever before.
Like the sun on the horizon God is ever before.
Like the river runs to ocean, our home is in God evermore.
Words & Music: Linnea Good, Keri K. Wehandler, © 1999 Borealis Music;
All rights reserved. Reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-735670
Materials all available at the dollar store, your craft cupboard and recycling bin!
- Glass Jar
- Watercolor Paper
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Wooden BBQ Skewer, Tooth Pick, Thumbtack
- Glow In the Dark Glue
- Glitter Glue
- Star Sequins
- Battery Candle
Set up your supplies on a table, make sure your jars are clean.
- Place a piece of paper on the corrugated cardboard
- Poke holes in the paper using the thumbtack to make the constellations
- Paint the paper to look like the night sky/milky way
- Leave to dry
- Once dry you might want to make the holes bigger using the skewers
- Measure the paper and cut to fit inside the jar, tape the ends together
- Put inside the jar
- Put a battery candle inside jar
- Select your glass jar.
- Cover the inside of your jar with glow in the dark glue and glitter glue, using either a paintbrush or squeezing from the glue container.
- Place star sequins inside.
- Leave the lid off so the glue can dry.
Sun Printing with Acrylic Paint on Fabric
- White 100% cotton fabric
- Acrylic craft paints (darker colours work best)
- Paint brushes
- A tarp or plastic garbage bag
- Flowers, leaves, etc.
Set up your supplies outdoors – hopefully it’s a sunny day. Spread out a tarp or plastic bag to protect your table or grass or any other surface you are working on. Thin out the acrylic paints by adding water.
- Collect some leaves and flowers – you will get the best results from objects that lie flat and make good contact with the fabric around their edges.
- Wet the fabric, squeezing it out just enough so that it no longer drips.
- Lay your fabric at on the tarp.
- Paint the fabric.
- Arrange your plants on the surface of the material pressing them down lightly to ensure contact.
- Let the fabric dry completely.
- Now comes the fun part, remove the plants to reveal your print.
The science of how it works
The infrared energy of the sun, the same heat that we feel from the sun, causes the water to evaporate from the exposed surface of the fabric. The covered areas of the fabric are protected as the leaves and flowers act like a shade from the evaporation process. This means that the covered areas stay wetter than the exposed fabric and as the water evaporates and diffuses, it pulls the paint pigments along with it.
A cool side activity would be to go outside when the sun is out, after a rainfall would be best. Where are areas that are dry and areas that are wet? What acts as shade in the world?
Eco Printing on paper tutorial by Gunnut Magi, https://www.gumnutmagic.com/blog/
Here’s a simple video tutorial for eco-printing on paper using St John’s wort. I’ve used three different variables to get quite different results from a single plant:
- Plain watercolour paper
- Paper soaked in iron mordant
- Paper soaked in logwood dye
Although I love the bright results St. John’s wort gives on plain paper, the discharge print is really special. Watch the tutorial here, https://www.gumnutmagic.com/eco-printing-on-paper-video-tutorial-st-johns-wort/
The three variations are above.
A Nature Exploration is a great way to have campers explore the outdoors and the wonder of God’s creation from tiny bugs to our great sun. As campers are exploring, ask them to use four senses (no tasting!). When they find something on their sheet, they should ask themselves: What does it look like? What does it smell like? Can they hear it? If it’s safe to touch, what does it feel like? Ensure campers know the rules for touching (e.g. Identify items on their sheet they can touch) and ensure they are well supervised.
- Nature Exploration Sheets
- Crayons/Pencil Crayons
- Paint Colour Sample Cards (optional)
Download and print out Nature Exploration sheets.
Provide each camper with a Nature Exploration sheet and a crayon. Campers can explore the area, trying to find all items on the Nature Exploration sheet.
- Get campers to draw each item once they’ve found it
- Give campers a number of the paint colour sample cards and ask them to find items in nature that match the cards
Beach Ball Relays
Equipment: Beach Balls, Pool noodle, water squirters
Set up: Set a playing area, (see right)
How to play: Divide campers into 2 equal teams; have one half of the team at one end of the playing area and the other half of a team at the other end.
Teams race with:
- One team member from End A races to the other end with a beach ball between their knees.
- One team member from End B races to the other end with a beach ball pushed only by 1/2 a pool noodle.
- One team member from End A races to the other end with 3 beach balls pushed at the same time with 1/2 a pool noodle.
- Two team member from End B race together to the other end with a beach ball between their backs.
- Two team member from End A race together to the other end with a beach ball between their sides.
- One team member from End B uses a pool noodle to keep the ball off the ground.
- The whole team from End A sprays the beach ball with water squirters to the other end.
- The whole team from End B sprays the ball back.
- Learn about Vermicomposting
- Visit an environmental conservation area
- Visit an environmental rehabilitation area
- Participate in an Invasive plant removal and cleanup project
Creating a connection to the earth, one another and to creation.
Close your eyes. You can put your hands over your eyes if you want to. Now take a deep breath in. When you breathe out, feel your body relaxing. Breathe in again and as you breathe out, feel your feet and legs relaxing. You can shake them out if you need to. Let them sink into where they are resting. Breathe in again and as you breathe out feel your tummy and chest relaxing. Breathe in again and as you breathe out feel your arms, hands and shoulders relaxing. Breathe in again and allow your face and head to relax as you breathe out. If you want to, scrunch up your face and allow it to relax as you breathe out. We are going to take two more deep breaths in and as you breathe out feel your whole body relax.
Imagine a cord connected to your core just at the bottom of your tailbone. See this cord travel down through the floor. This cord can look like anything you want it to. See this cord go down through the floor, into the ground underneath. See this cord travel all the way through to the centre of the Earth. Feel this cord connect to the centre of the Earth. To the centre of God’s creation. Now feel yourself attached to the centre of the world. Connected to God. Once you feel this connection imagine your cord is full of energy. Imagine the energy moving from the top of your head down to your bottom, all the way down the cord. You might see this energy as light; you might see it as pictures coming out of your head and down your cord. You might see it as shapes. If you see anything going down the cord, that is okay, it is something that you are sending to the centre of the planet. You might even hear a sound from the cord. What does it sound like?
See this energy travelling all the way down to the centre of the planet. Now see the energy come from your hands and arms travelling through your stomach and down your cord. It travels to the centre of the Earth because you don’t need it anymore. Now feel this energy move out from all areas of your body. Listen to the energy move from your chest down to the centre of the planet. See this energy come from your feet and legs and go down your connecting cord.
I will give you a few minutes to do this on your own. Let any unneeded energy fall down the cord. Notice how clean and clear you feel. (Pause)
Now thank yourself for all of the things you released. (Pause)
Thank God for the connection to the planet. (Pause)
You can open your eyes whenever you are ready.
After meditation questions:
- What did your cord look like?
- Did you see or hear anything go down the cord?
- Did you feel anything different in your body?
- How do you feel?
Mindfulness walking exercise: Heart Awareness
Stand with your eyes closed. Place your hands on your heart. Breathe deeply in and out paying attention to your heart and any sensations that are around you. Now do 10 jumping jacks or jump up and down. Pay attention to your breath and your heart. Continuing with your hands on your heart, stand still becoming aware of how your heart changes. As your heart stills, thank God for your heart.
Pass around the basket of stones, Ask campers and volunteers where and how they experienced God today.
Once everyone has thought of something, invite them to bring their stone up to the altar and name out loud where and how they experienced God. Once everyone has had an opportunity to answer, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for these times.