SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – On a typical summer kids are going away for different summer camps. This summer, some camps are being sent to you due to COVID 19.
The Salvation Army in Scranton normally has a vacation bible camp during the summer. Due to the pandemic, however, they are starting a new program called ‘Camp in a Box’.
Around 50 children who typically attend the vacation bible school will Receive a box of activities. They include 8 days’ worth of activities and crafts with written instructions to be done with the family. Major Karen Schmig details the contents of the boxes.
“They get two boxes. One for July and one for August. In July they’ll receive two curriculums that they can do. It’ll be two bible stories, on jonah and the whale and Noah and the arch… And then they’d be able to do it at home instead of being here in an atmosphere that may not be quite safe for them right now.”
Schmig says ‘Camp in a Box’ provides the opportunity to stay engaged, busy, and safe. It’s a free summer camp experience.
“I know a lot of children are probably getting bored at home, not having a lot of things to do or accomplishing things. Not having school, I know a lot of pools are probably shut down, it gives them interaction of things to do. And their parents can work with them also. So it gives them parent time also with them.”
So they got boxes to be filled with activities and learning that children can do right from home.
It’s a great alternative to still keep children’s minds active.
Though the kids are anxious to get out of the house and see their friends, doing camp from home has many benefits.
“They can work at it whenever parents have time to sit down with them. Some of the activities are even easy where they’ll have everything explained and maybe even put it together themselves” Schmig says.
Close outs for reserving a box is Friday. There will be a second box that is still being made up.
To register, you can fill out the form HERE.