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Genesis Church Kids Camp looking for volunteers

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am

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Genesis Church Kids Camp is coming back to Airdrie for a fourth year this summer and organizers are looking for volunteers.

“I look back at the last three years at how much fun the kids had and how much fun the volunteers had and I just think you’ve got nothing to lose,” said Genesis Church’s Pastor Rob Allain, who is organizing the camp.

He said volunteers are needed to help with sporting events and the arts and crafts activities. He added they are also looking for leaders who would like to help run the events and activities.

“We need about 30 volunteers (in total) to make it really good,” he said.

He said the camp needs helpers with the arts and crafts activities in particular because “it’s overwhelming how many kids we get (at those activities).”

Because volunteers will be working directly with children, a criminal background check is required and does take some time to obtain so Allain asks interested volunteers contact him as soon as possible.

“We got a lot of support from the community last year and we’re hoping we’ll have it again this year,” Allain said.

Last year’s camp had 23 volunteers help make it a success.

The free kids camp is offered to kids from four years old to Grade 6 and runs from Aug. 25 to 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Fletcher Park.

“It gives parents a break for that last week before school starts,” he said of the camp. “It is something kids can go to that is free and fun.”

The camp will include sports like soccer, T-ball and basketball and some still to be determined arts and crafts activities.

“This year we’re going to add in a musical component too,” he said, adding the volunteer running that component will decide whether it will include singing or instruments.

Also new this year, Stephen’s Backpacks Society will be donating a new pair of shoes from their Footprints campaign to each camp-goer.

He said the donation is wonderful, as kids always need new shoes when they head back to school.

“It’s perfect timing.”

The camp began as a way to allow all kids to attend summer camp.

“Some kids can’t afford to go to camp,” he said.

Last year, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs provided free hot dogs for the campers each day and Allain said they are looking into food donations for this year so campers won’t go home hungry.

“Last year didn’t end up costing the church anything. It was all done through donations,” he said.

Allain said the camp is fun for all involved and something he and the church plan to continue to do for years to come.

Pre-registration for the camp is encouraged and those interested in registering their children, volunteering or donating to the camp can contact Allain at 587-433-5989 or by email at genesischurchairdrie@gmail.com

“It always rains so pray for good weather,” Allain said with a laugh. “We are going to do it rain or shine but it’s more fun in nice weather.”


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