by Patsy Glista, AIM, Assistant to the Bishop for Operations
Noah and a few animals from his ark showed up in Fort Plain this week to be part of Camp Noah, a day camp for children whose communities have been impacted by disaster. Noah shares a ‘wise saying’ each day with the children. Tuesday’s saying was “When a storm comes, I am not scared. Want to know why? Because I am prepared!” Children begin each day with a large group gathering full of songs, skits and fun. Mornings are spent in groups for discussion, art projects, journaling, recreation and snacks. Following a nutritious lunch, children spend the afternoon hearing stories, playing games, watching puppet shows and doing arts and crafts. Each day ends with more songs, skits and fun in a large group.
Over 50 elementary age children from Montgomery and Herkimer counties are participating in this week-long program. Screened and trained, caring volunteers provide a safe, fun atmosphere for children to tell their stories, grieve their losses, build resiliency skills and find hope for the future. The Fort Plain Camp Noah volunteer staff came from the Northeast Pennsylvania Synod. Adults from the Fort Plain community and some from across our synod join them. Trinity Lutheran Church, Herkimer, is providing bus transportation for children attending from Herkimer County. Rev. Zach Labagh (St. John’s/St. Mark’s, Canajoharie and Trinity, Stone Arabia) is the local coordinator for Camp Noah.