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Strap in for a week of upside down silliness and fun! From always entertaining and wacky games to unique workshops run by top-notch local professionals, children will make enough topsy-turvy memories to last until next year’s GraceCamp!
Along with having fun doing things upside down we will be talking about how sometimes the way God works can be opposite to what we expect. Even those who knew Jesus personally didn’t think He would act as He did. His ways seemed upside down to many. He lived as a servant (even though he was a King), He loved his enemies (even when they were cruel to him), He sacrificed himself for imperfect people -that’s you and me! We will study God’s love through Christ’s life, seeing just how important we are to God and how Jesus’ example relates to our everyday lives.
On Monday through Thursday campers will follow a schedule like you see below. Volunteers from the church and community will be assigned to each group of campers and will accompany their group through all activities for the week.
6:00 – ALL CAMPERS GROUP TIME
6:20 – SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
6:40 – UPSIDE DOWN GAMES
7:10 – SNACK
7:20 – PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
8:20 – REFLECTIONS AND SLIDESHOW
8:30 – PARENT PICK UP TIME
On Friday, July 12th, everyone is invited (extended family and friends included) to a free BBQ at 6:00 PM. We will all come together and celebrate the camper’s accomplishments throughout the week. Then we will finish it off with a final slideshow.
Campers will learn how to safely prepare a healthy, seasonally inspired recipe with local products while engaging their skills of dexterity and deduction, while using all five of their senses in the process.
Heather worked for Allergic to Salad in NYC, a healthy, hands on youth culinary program, from 2016-2018 before returning to her home base on the East End of Long Island to serve as Program Coordinator for the Amagansett Food Institute last September. She has over ten years of experience mentoring youths, pre-K through Middle School, in and out of the kitchen!
This is not your average art workshop. Campers, provided with step-by-step guided creativity by the Art Nanny, will be painting with their feet. They will create a beautiful work of art using the Art Nanny’s very own trademarked ColorShield technique. They will be amazed at the outcome! Each child will take a framed keepsake of their creation home at the end of the week to display for years to come.
Amanda Fennell, The Art Nanny, has been an art teacher for 20+ years. She is a NYS certified K-12, Art Teacher and holds a masters in Creative Arts Therapy. She have extensive experience with creating all aspects of art for mixed ages & abilities, including individuals with disabilities. She quit her full time position (3 years ago) to raise her second child and started The Art Nanny, out of a love for teaching.
Campers willlearn original hip-hop choreography with the focus being on improvising ways to turn the moves inside out, backwards and upside down! Break dancing and moon walking are just some of the moves with which campers will be engaging.
Adam and Gail have been creating and performing original music, movement and art for 15 years all around the country, NYC and eventually full time out on the east end where they hold many residencies as teaching artists. Adam most recently had his latest film screen at the Southampton Movie Theater and at many national and international film festivals. In addition to acting and dancing in Adam's award winning films, Gail recently launched a movement healing workshop, Moving Through- Loss, at the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for people dealing with grief. Adam and Gail are always reinventing themselves and enjoy using art as a tool to communicate.
Campers will engage with what life was like in the Hamptons during colonial times. From being able to get hands on with some old artifacts to being able to take their very own authentic quill pen home this will be the furthest thing from a boring history lecture. First, younger campers will get a chance to learn how use a quill pen and older campers will learn about scrimshaw art and create their own faux scrimshaw that they will get to take home. After the craft it’s time to play with some of the most entertaining toys and games that were popular among children during whaling times on the East End! Typically as kids engage with these old toys the consensus seems to be “these toys are better than the ones we have now”!
Connor Flanagan is the Director of Education at the Southampton History Museum. He began working at the museum right out of college, where he studied history, and for the last 3 years has been directly engaged with local schools creating fun and exciting ways for children to get hands on with history.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Samantha Krzyzewski at 631-726-6100 or by email (click here).