SENDING KIDS TO CAMP
Summer camp can have a strong and lasting impact on the life of a child. At camp kids make new friends, develop lasting relationships, learn new and positive things about themselves, and enjoy the beauty and challenges of the outdoors. It has been our experience that when we are able to send a child to camp, who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, everyone wins: the child, his or her family, the school, and the camp all benefit. Summer camp gives a child a sense of accomplishment, it shapes their self-esteem, and it is one of the first places they experience both freedom and a strong sense of community.
Approximately 20 years ago, St. Paul’s congregation began sending kids from our congregation to camp. In 2006, Sandy Scott and his wife Elizabeth ran a marathon, with folks sponsoring them for a total of $3100 enabling us to partner with Riverside School and send 19 kids to camp. The marathon, along with other fundraising events and sponsorship, including a matching dollar for dollar sponsorship from Malcolm Jenkins, has continued and grown every year, raising the bar in our fundraising efforts and sending more kids to camp; we added Westview and King George schools to our partnership along the way; however, because of other commitments, Westview was no longer able to partner with us.
A few years ago, we formed the TRI to Send Kids to Camp Committee which is a partnership between St. Paul’s Church, Riverside and King George Schools; Mona Markwart, principal and Kim Jones, Vice-Principal, of Riverside and Sterling Swain, Principal of King George and others have been excellent to partner and work with. This fall, Berezowski School and PACI have also joined in our fundraising efforts.
Along with paying the camp registration fee; transportation to and from camp is also provided for the children; as well, every child receives a camp kit consisting of such things as soap, wash cloth, towel, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.
4 years ago, a cultural camp was added to our program, in which every student from grade 1 to grade 8 from our partnering schools – Riverside and King George, spends a day at the camp experiencing cultural events.
In the summer of 2015, we were able to send over 100 kids to summer camp.
Grants and sponsorships come from several local businesses and organizations:
SIGA (Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority)
Northern Lights Casino
Optimist Club, Prince Albert
Kinsmen Club of Prince Albert
Link to TRI 4 KIDS Webpage: http://tri4kidscamp.wix.com/http