A Virtual Camp
During these times of uncertainty due to Covid-19, CCS students Alana Martin (Minister to the GO Project) and Bri-anne Swan (Community Minister, Living Presence Ministry) are doing what they can to keep youth programming accessible for children across the country.
The GO Project had been planning to host day camps for children and youth during the March school break in Ontario, but as schools and other public places began to close in response to the pandemic, they realized the camps would need to be cancelled. Living Presence Ministry was also forced to shut down much of its programming for young people. While the response was needed to keep participants and staff safe, Alana and Bri-anne both realized that with more and more families entering a time of social distancing there was going to be a void for children.
With this is mind, Alana created the idea of “Virtual Camp.” Think Vacation Bible School, but on your computer! Every weekday for the foreseeable future, the GO Project will host an hour of online camp for children in Grades 1-6, and a virtual youth drop-in for grades 7-12. The children’s camp features storytelling, special guests, crafts, games, art classes and more. The youth drop-in features conversation, devotion, stories, and community. Bri-anne at Living Presence is assisting the GO Project with music and tech-support on the Kids Camp calls.
Now more than ever, we need to find community. Know we are not alone. We need to gather and share our feelings, dreams and fears in safe ways.
Go Project and Living Presence Ministry
The virtual camp has averaged 25 kids per call, from all across the country. Children and parents alike have expressed gratitude for a space where young people can still be social despite being physically apart. In fact, physical distancing has provided an opportunity for kids in different provinces, who would normally never meet, to get to know one another as they talk with one another about their lives.
Bri-anne and Alana are building community and creating an oasis of connection for children in a time of disruption.