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June 6, 2014

Free day camp filling up

Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church has had great response to their new offering of a free, week-long day camp for fourth through ninth graders. The camp is a partnership with Camp Appanoose and is open to the first 50 kids that sign up. Currently there are less then 10 openings left.

The camp is open to all children, not just children that attend Grace Tabernacle. According to Debbie Thompson, with the church, sign up is on a first come, first serve basis. So far most of the sign ups have been from community members that don’t attend the church.

Thompson said that the church wanted to help meet the needs of children of all ages, not just children that attend their annual Vacation Bible School each summer.

Camp Appanoose has been a mission project of the congregation in the past, but this is the first time they have worked together to offer a camp.

Kids that sign up for the camp with be able to enjoy horseback riding, archery and other activities.

A bus will depart each morning June 16-20 from the church at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Parents just need to get their child to the church.

At the same time the church will be holding their regular Vacation Bible School for children in Pre-K to third grade. There is no attendance limit on VBS, which will be held on the same days as the camp, June 16-20 but only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. The theme this year is Blastoff, Odyssey in Outer Space.

Children can earn points throughout the VBS by doing such things as bringing pop cans, which is part of the VBS fundraiser, bringing a visitor to VBS and attendance. They will also get bonus points for singing up early by June 13 at 11:30 a.m.

An awards ceremony and family night for the children and their families will be held Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. at the church. The children will receive awards earned throughout the week and then supper will be provided. The children will also be able to bring home all of their projects that evening.

To reserve a spot at the camp or in VBS call (641) 856-2797.

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