Greensky Hill Youth Heritage Camp
Organized by: Theresa MacDonald
Last year I helped out at the Greensky Hill Youth Heritage Camp. Run completely by volunteers - director, planning committee, counselors, class teachers, special presenters, kitchen workers, and set-up/clean-up - I was amazed at everything that was accomplished. I will be the assistant director this year and I'm looking forward to another fun experience.
This is an overnight summer camp for kids ages 7-12 that lasts for 4 days (Sunday-Wednesday). It is held at Greensky Hill United Methodist Church in Charlevoix, Michigan. Our theme is "Christ in Culture and Culture in Christ" because we believe Christian values and Native American values are intertwined. Kids receive all activities, meals, snacks, beverages, and a t-shirt for a fee of $5. I was shocked to find out that for some of the families, even this amount was too costly so we offer scholarships for those in need.
I believe that summer camp is an experience that everyone should have regardless of their financial standing. It's an opportunity for kids to stretch their wings away from home and for many it gives them a chance to do something they've never done before - sleep in a tent! The kids play lots of games, go swimming, sing songs and make new friends.
The other part of the experience at this particular camp is the teaching and sharing of our culture. It is the very reason that the camp was started. We offer beadwork, language, basket weaving, grandfather teachings, lessons on mother nature and exposure to many other cultural touchstones. Things such as drumming, falconry, riding in a jiimaan (large canoe) are all done as special presentations.
I know this is an unusual request for money, but it will all go towards supplies for the camp. Last year the kids were kind of cramped in the tents so this year we hope to purchase more tents or rent larger ones. This is a pretty big expense either way and our decision will be based on what makes the most sense for the long haul. We would also like to have extra towels for the kids who don't have one to take to the beach, two t-shirts for the counselors, and more sports equipment for the games.
I really appreciate your consideration and your generosity.