This past June, The Esther School held it’s first ever school holiday camp (we would call it a “summer camp”, but it is actually winter in Zambia!) A team of 20 visitors paired up with a few remaining staff members to make this camp a success.
“The idea for a camp began when we were getting ready to head out to Zambia the first time,” commented Jean Selles, Esther School teacher for three years and coordinator of the camp.
Over the past year, preparations for camp took place. Jean needed to find teachers to go with her as well as prepare them for what would be happening at the camp. She soon found her two teachers. And more and more people wanted to join the team! Among the recruits were two past Esther School interns, Caitlyn Heyboer and Lindsey King.
“When I first heard that Lindsey wanted to take the youth group she leads, that opened up the possibility of running a VBS alongside the reading, math, and science,” explained Jean, “God provided all the right people. By June 12, we were packed with materials for camp and a whole lot of excitement to meet the kids!”
The team arrived and began setting up for camp. On the first day, the students excitedly arrived, ready for a week of learning, singing, and having fun!
The days at camp began at 8:30 a.m. with prayer and singing. From there, students went with their crew leaders and translators to a variety of stations. These stations included Bible, readers’ theater, games, recess, snack, arts and crafts, reading, math, and science. Everyone gathered back together again at 12:45 for Closing, which consisted of reviewing the Bible verse for the day and singing.
[Fun fact for you GEMS girls! The music at camp was led by Colleen and Grace who sing and create motions for many of your GEMS club songs!]
“It was fun to be able to come back and kind of have my same role,” said Caitlyn Heyboer. While Caitlyn was an intern, she taught art for the students at The Esther School. At camp, she led the art station.
“I think the biggest hit was the prayer bracelet. The students chose 10 beads and each bead was something they chose to pray for (ex: parents, school, nshima, etc.).”
Jean wrapped up the sentiment of the week by saying, “The students smiles said it all."
Thank you, 2016 camp team, for blessing our students!
Interested in joining a work team? Email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.