The College Drive Church in Pearl, Miss., hosted a daytime summer camp for children in their community from July 26 to 30, 2021. Open to children aged 5 to 12, the science-themed summer camp provided activities and entertainment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, absolutely free of charge. The church also offered breakfast and lunch to the campers and staff for the entire week.
Murvin Camatchee, local pastor, and his wife, Corrine, worked with their team of volunteers to orchestrate a Vacation Bible School-styled system of child groups and stations. Children were divided into various age groups, each containing around 12 children, and assigned a chaperone or guide leading them from station to station. There were volunteers at each station, which included crafts, baking, sports, remote control truck racing, water slides, animals, and more.
As the theme was focused on science, the keynote or main presenter at the beginning and end of each day was Ben Roy from Go Science Zone. Roy has been a regular host of sciencing programming on 3ABN kids television and was also the host on WTVC Newschannel 9 Science Theater. Roy presented exciting science experiments, and frequently requested volunteers to participate in making the investigation come to life. In addition, Roy implemented balloons, air, fire, light, and more to make science fun and engaging for the campers. Roy was also intentional about including God in the creation-science-based presentations. Apart from the main presentations, the camper-favorite activity was the giant water slide, making for a refreshing and cooling splash.
Gulf States | October 2021