Volunteers pose for a photo during Camp Noah in Allentown in 2011.
Volunteers pose for a photo during Camp Noah in Allentown in 2011.

Camp Noah volunteers are deploying to Newtown, CT this summer to work with young survivors impacted by violence, as well as Barnegat Light, NJ, where they will work with children who survived Hurricane Sandy. A team of approximately 30 people from Penn State Berks will spend a week in Newtown and about 20 from Friedens, Oley are assigned to the camp in New Jersey.

Our local volunteers will lead Camp Noah activities in these communities in July, teaching the curriculum and helping the children to build resilience. Activities include games, arts and crafts, singing, books, small group discussions and recreational play time.

Camp Noah is a ministry specifically designed for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Its purpose is to help disaster survivors feel less isolated; help them express and accept their many difficult feelings; understand more about the process of recovery; develop new friends; and find relief in small comforts and play time. Camp Noah can provide children and families with the basic foundation they need to help them take the first step forward in defining and accepting what will become their “new normal”.

Together, Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA and Lutheran Congregational Services, both services of Liberty Lutheran, design programs for survivors in our territory. They also help find volunteers and raise funds for Camp Noah programs across the nation.

Thank you to these volunteers who are making a difference in these children’s lives!

Please continue to support the Camp Noah fund at LCS so that the agency will be able to respond as opportunities emerge. You can donate securely online by clicking here.

 

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