Summer Camp: Week 1 highlights!

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Peace is our main theme for our summer camp, and on Monday June 30, we opened our doors to 45 smiling children and welcomed them for another fun and exciting summer camp, during which we hope they will learn what is means to be a peacemaker.

Our super interns have taken great initiative in creating skits and leading the students in cheers as they introduce our peace theme.

We have been amazed by God’s provision in so many ways! We have an amazing staff – 3 teachers, 4 interns and a reading specialist, all led by Ms. Adria and Ms. Tiffany, kids are having fun while growing academically.

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This week, the 3rd graders went on a field trip/scavenger hunt to the African American Museum of Art. They’re favorite was getting to see the different types of masks.

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We love that the summer allows time for us to incorporate fun enrichments and activities allowing the kids to simply be kids and do fun things like tie-dying t-shirts and playing with play-doh.

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We are encouraged by how well things went the first week and look forward to sharing highlights from week 2!

Camp at SB2W Citikidz

For the last 7 years, DayBreak has had the opportunity to take middle and high school youth to Summer’s Best Two Weeks Citikidz in Pennsylvania. This year, we took 23 children! The camp is a Christian sports camp so, while there, the camp counselors ensure that children are daily exposed to the gospel and facilitate participation in activities ranging from canoeing to archery. The youth are split into different teams (Romans and Galatians) and, in addition to the different activities throughout the day, gear up for two nights of competitions. The teams competed in basketball, wrestling, dance, step and more.

Camp isn’t just for kids. The 7 days are also supposed to be a respite for ministry leaders (or Kaleos as we’re called). We stayed in separate cabins and had a week filled with Bible study, gifts/strengths assessments, team building activities and REST! We are thankful that space is created for ministry leaders to have a break from the kids and an opportunity to leave refreshed.

The week culminated with a closing ceremony during which one of our high school students, Shy’Drea, won the “I’m 3rd Award”, which honors a youth who, throughout the week, encouraged and put others above themselves. We are so proud of Shy’Drea and thankful for the opportunity all of the youth had to be a part of an amazing camp! For a glimpse into our 7 days away, view the slide show below or check out the amazing video that Citikidz put together.


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Mentors and mentees team up to sell lemonade

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance. Colossians 3:23-24

On Saturday, our middle mentoring group got a lesson in business. They split up into two groups and ran their own lemonade stands. The goal: to make more than they spent. The weather was perfect and the groups set up under shady trees at Eastern Market.

One of the mentors opened the morning with Colossians 3:23-24, reminding the mentees and the mentors that the day was not just about making money but working with a heart postured in thankfulness to the Lord.

Throughout the day, the mentees were reminded to tithe, give thanks and give to others. One of the highlights of the day occurred when 5th grader Sabrina asked permission to give a bottled water to a nearby street musician so he wouldn’t be thirsty.

The students did a great job and had fun! We are thankful for the many friends and DayBreak supporters who stopped by to encourage the DayBreak children in their jobs.

Both teams worked hard and were successful in making a profit, all the while learning valuable lessons in customer service, price points, presentation and team work. The money earned from the lemonade stand will go back to the DayBreak Mentoring Program.