A faith-based summer camp, designed to foster children who experienced a disaster, such as the December 2015 flood, is coming to Pacific.
Camp Noah, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minn., will operate a one-week camp at the Pacific United Methodist Church, located at 116 W. St. Louis St., June 27 to July 1.
Fostered by the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, the camp is designed for elementary-age children whose communities have been impacted by disaster, according to Bergandi McElwain, site coordinator for the Pacific Camp Noah.
McElwain explained the goals of the camp to business leaders at the May 26 Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting in the city park.
“Our goal is to serve disaster-impacted children and families who may need a friendly voice to say things are OK,” McElwain said.
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Activities will include games, crafts, projects, skits, music and food.
Two meals and two snacks will be provided each day. Transportation will be provided if needed.
The specialized camp began in 1997 as a response to flooding in the Red River Valley in North Dakota and Minnesota.
In 2006, Camp Noah grew dramatically in response to Hurricane Katrina. Camp Noah has developed into a nationally recognized program for children whose communities have been impacted by disasters, hosting 273 camps and serving 13,000 elementary age children.
In 2014, 96 percent of campers surveyed learned two or more resiliency skills during Camp Noah, and 99 percent of campers said they had fun.
Also in 2014, 99 percent of parents surveyed said they would recommend Camp Noah to other parents.
One parent commented, “Talking with other children who went through the same experience as them helps them feel they are not alone, which is a huge feat.”
The camp will be limited to 50 youngsters, McElwain said, and many have already signed up.
For more information, contact McElwain at 636-388-2737 or PacificCampNoah@yahoo.com.