Creation Care Camp
Creation Exploration Ministry and HOME present:
Creation Care Camp - June 12, 2014
Creation Care Camp is a day long series of activities to help children become aware of and care about God’s amazing creation. This camp is for children of all ages. Children under 4 should be accompanied by an adult or older and capable sibling. Teens are welcome to join in, and may even be surprised by what they discover!
Session 1 – 10am-11am: Learn to Be Aware
Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God:…”
During this session, children will explore having eyes like an owl, ears like a deer, the nose of a dog and the walk of a fox. They will combine these skills and practice being still in nature, so that they might discover new things they missed before in their busy activity out of doors. Once they are aware of what is there, it is then that they will begin to care.
Session 2 – 11:15am-12:15pm: See What is There
Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
During this session, children will build on their earlier skills to explore and see what is around them, where it appeared there was nothing before. During a period of exploration, each child will find one specimen to bring back for investigation. Becoming more intimately acquainted with creation, their care for it will begin to take root and grow.
Session 3 – 2:30pm-3:30pm: Learning to Share
Job 12:7, “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air and they shall tell thee.“
Now that the children have learned how to be aware and see what is there, it is time to share. Story telling is a key component in learning, sharing discoveries and spreading the awareness to care about God’s amazing creation. During this session, children will take time to come back together and take turns (with the help of a Talking Stick) to share what they have become aware of.
Session 4 – 3:45pm-5:00pm: Recapping the Day
Job 12:8, “Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fish of the sea shall declare unto thee.”
During this session, we will recap the events of the day. We will take a short explore walk, practice our skills, release specimens, spend time reading nature stories, look at field guides, finish journal entries and prepare the children to share with anyone and everyone they meet about their discoveries. Parents be prepared to listen!
*Specimen jars (plastic please) this can/should be a recycled mayonnaise type jar.
*A water bottle and snack
*An extra change of clothes (Please send them in play clothes that you do not mind getting wet and dirty.)
*A nature journal (this can be as simple as two sheets of copy paper folded together and stapled) and pencil.
*A backpack or grocery bag to contain their items.
Pre-registration is required. Print your registration form here. Pre-Registration deadline is June 4, 2014.
If you have questions ahead of time, please don’t hesitate to contact Raylene Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.763.2943.
Creation Care Camp Staff:
Raylene M. Hunt – Mother of two and homeschooling mom for 13 years, Raylene was doing nature study before she had a name for it. In September 2011, she started her first homeschool group with a nature study focus, which continues today. Her goal is to see more families unplug from technology and reconnect with nature, helping to build an awareness of how amazing God’s creation really is, and how much it has been taken for granted.
Connie Overlock - Homeschooling mother of five, Connie has been doing nature study for many years. As lifelong friends, Connie and Raylene spend many hours exploring creation together and with their children. Connie has been a part of Raylene’s homeschool group, helping with nature study since March of 2012.
KelLee Gray – Homeschooling mom and mother of seven, KelLee met Raylene by attending her homeschool group. In 2013, KelLee joined Raylene in her efforts to take Creation Exploration Ministry out to others around the state.
Helen Hunt – Homeschool graduate, and Raylene’s oldest child and first nature study student, Helen enjoys sharing in her mom’s effort to help young children explore and make discoveries in God’s amazing creation.