Summer is here and camp is about to begin! There are still spots available so if you haven’t registered, there’s still time. Just go to www.ohioucc.org, clink on “Summer Camp” at the top, then “Summer Camp Registration” to begin.
There is lots of excitement happening at Templed Hills this summer. We are excited to have three young women from Puerto Rico joining us as Program Staff for the summer. Amel Riveria Collazo, Valeria Jaime-Hernandez, and Alexandra Rios Moralez will be joining us through a partnership with Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico, our National setting of the United Church of Christ, and the Ohio Conference. Amel, Valeria, and Alexandra will support each week’s events by helping lead hikes, nature activities, songs, games, crafts, and through sharing their faith stories with our campers. We can’t wait for our campers to meet them!
Disaster Ministries and sharing through mission will be a highlight of our summer. Each camper is invited and encouraged to bring a contribution of elements of the Disaster Ministries Hygiene Kits when they come to camp. Churches are also invited and encouraged to make a financial contribution toward our Hygiene Kit Challenge. Each week we will offer an opportunity for our campers to hear about our Ohio Conference Disaster Ministries and to participate in assembling hygiene kits so that they are available for distribution when needed. Over the past six weeks, Disaster Ministries has distributed over 500 hygiene kits to the communities in Shelby and Dayton, in partnership with Northwest Association and First UCC Shelby, and with SONKA and Shiloh UCC Dayton. Our goal is to replenish that supply by contributing elements and assembling 500 hygiene kits here at camp. We lovingly request that all donated items be newly purchased and unused. Items needed for the kits are:
· Hand towels measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
· Wide-tooth combs
· Fingernail or toenail clippers
· Bath-size bars of soap individually packaged in the original package
· Toothbrushes individually packaged in the original package
· Standard size Band-Aids
· Gallon zip lock bags
God is in this place! Our staff, directors, and counselors are ready to bring Jesus’ teaching and message into our amazing camp activities and experiences so that each camper leaves knowing they are indeed a child of God, created in God’s image, and dearly loved.
See you at camp!