At Kids’ Camp we hike and swim, play games and sports, make crafts and do the low ropes course, worship and engage scripture. In the evenings we have a restful period before dinner and worship with the whole camp. Each day is slightly different, but campers can count on crafts, exercise, four square, swimming, and spiritual formation. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in the low ropes course. At camp, we offer a variety of experiences that will appeal to different ages and genders, hoping that campers will engage in something they already love to do and also experience something new.
At Kids' Camp, we are also interested in introducing youth to Jesus Christ and fostering an environment in which it is safe to ask spiritual questions. Our formation activities aim at exploring spirituality and faith from a variety of perspectives and through different activities that seek to engage all styles of learning. Camp provides a safe space for kids' to explore their own understanding of God, whether it is their first time to hear about God or they are regulars in a congregation. Our staff are trained to listen to campers and to act as mentors in the faith.
Kids' Camp Staff
All the staff at kids' camp are focused on creating a welcoming and accepting environment for all campers. We want campers to feel they can be who they are. As a staff, we welcome camper questions about the week, but also about spirituality. We see ourselves as your child's mentors for the week. All staff are appropriately trained in all safety procedures and are in compliance with all PA laws regarding child abuse.
Meet summer 2017's staff:
Melinda Hall serves as the program director for the Kids' Camp; this is her third year at camp. As a student, Melinda attended camps, which had a great impact on her understanding of her faith. For Melinda, a camp setting is a time apart from normal life and offers a unique way to share the love of Jesus with children and to teach them about the outdoors. When she is not serving the congregations of Our Saviour in DuBois and Holy Trinity in Brookville, Melinda can be found throwing pots, hiking, or reading
Teresa Kitko is a member of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Houtzdale, where she in an acolyte, member of the altar guild, chalice bearer, and a member of the Bishop's committee. She has served on the Kid's Camp staff for the past 12 years. As a youth who grew up in the Diocese, she also attended Camp Nazareth as a camper for 11 years. Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and children Justin and Michaela. Together they enjoy camping, watching football, hockey and soccer. Teresa also enjoys reading.
Henry Palattella is one of the counselors for Kids Camp. This is his second year on camp staff, but his 14th year at camp as both camper and counselor. Henry enjoy camp because it serves as a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Henry is a sophomore at Kent State University, where he is the sports editor of The Kent Stater, which is Kent State's independent student newspaper. Henry is also a member of Kent's club Ultimate Frisbee team, and he gets great enjoyment out of beating all of the campers in frisbee during the week of camp. He attends church at The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Erie, PA.
Stephanie Onyeiwu is from Meadville Pennsylvania. She attended Camp Nazerath as a camper since she was in 6th grade, and heard about it from Christ Church, in her hometown. She also graduated last year and is now entering her second year in college. Stephanie loves children, enjoys spreading the word of God on mission trips, and volunteer work. She is really looking forward to helping these kids grow into the best version of themselves. Apart from volunteer work, Stephanie enjoys singing, playing the piano, and attending camp of course! She is most looking forward to the eager new faces she will meet this year, and she can't wait to see what the week will bring.
Jason Shank is the Pastor of Resurrection Church- the new Episcopal church plant in Hermitage, PA. Prior to his ordination in the Episcopal Church, Jason was an ordained United Methodist Pastor in the Baltimore Washington Conference. Jason has a passion for church planting, finding different ways to live out our faith in todays world and loves preaching and teaching. He is married to the Rev. Erin Betz Shank-Vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Castle.
Lizzy Ivell is on kids’ camp staff for the second year and attended camp as a camper for twelve years. She loves being able to pass on the wonderful experiences she had growing up going to camp. Lizzy studied hospitality and tourism at university. She enjoys unicorns and parakeets and dying her hair. She attends St. John’s in Franklin.
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