Summer is coming and it’s time for camp!
The St. John’s Day Camp, a partnership between St. John’s and the Town of Huntington, has been serving young children in the Huntington area for 53 years. It is one of our core Outreach Ministries.
A free six-week educational summer camp experience for children four to six years of age from financially challenged homes, the program is designed to help preserve academic gains achieved during the school year. For the youngest campers, it is frequently their first academic experience before entering kindergarten.
This year camp will be held at Southdown Elementary School and will run July 5th-August 18th, with an extra week. It is expected 60 children will be enrolled, returning the camp to a full census for the first time since the pandemic. The three classes are teacher-led with support from counselors who often attended St. John’s Camp themselves.
Along with providing educational enrichment during a critical time in the children’s development, they also enjoy traditional camp fun! Trip highlights are The Children’s Museum and Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery with a picnic at St. John’s. The camp also provides transportation, breakfast, and lunches for the children.
Come inspire and be inspired by the children. Parishioners typically volunteer on Mondays but other days are possible. Read, play an instrument, or bring an art or craft project or game to play. Do an age-appropriate science or social studies activity. Share a talent or hobby. For example, lead the children in dancing, singing… share your interest. Last summer, a parishioner did yoga with the kids. They loved it!
To volunteer or learn more, contact Kerith Freidberg, Chairperson, at [email protected].
We will be welcoming Kevin Thorbourne, Director of Minority Affairs for the Town of Huntington, Sunday, June 11th at the 10:00 service and Coffee Hour afterward to speak with us about this summer’s program. Hope you’ll come learn more about the St. John’s Day Camp and how you can help!