Because so many of our Vacation Church Camps will be so different this year, we’ve put together an online kit so that your family or parish can enjoy camp from home!
The camp’s theme is Prayer, and the kit is recommended for use with the beautiful book, A Child’s Guide to Prayer from Ancient Faith Publishing (sold separately).
Camp is presented in five days, each of which includes the following:
Opening Prayer & Daily Lesson*
Discussion Time (with Parents or Priest)
Arts and Crafts
Cooking Class & Snack Time
Saint of the Day*
Fun Music Class with Celia Yentzen*
The Day’s Game
*offered as online video
The Vacation Church Camp Kit is designed so that families can enjoy camp on their own or can gather as a parish virtually to engage simultaneously via Zoom or other video conferencing software.
The Vacation Church Camp Kit, and the accompanying book, A Children’s Guide to Prayer, will be available for purchase at the Ancient Faith Store.
Our kids look forward to Vacation Church Camp every summer! I’m so excited that our parish will be able to provide an online camp this year!
For Parishes Offering the Online Camp via Zoom (or similar platform)
Attention spans on Zoom are limited, so the basic structure is in two parts:
1 – A first meeting on Zoom with information-based, thought-provoking content (prayer, lesson, chat) followed by a substantial break away from the computer to give the kids time to run around, enjoy hands-on activities, eat, and spend time with their parents.
2 – Later, the group assembles again on Zoom for lighter, more physically active content (a shorter more story-like lesson and an active music class with dancing and movement, and a game.) .
You might decide to do these two portions in the morning and afternoon (setting up two Zoom meetings at 9am and 1pm, perhaps), or you could use a more traditional 9-12 VCC structure.
Please note that through your parish account, you can purchase copies of A Child’s Guide to Prayer at a 40% wholesale discount.