Step right up for some circus fun and join us for GraceCamp 2018! This action-packed week will contain oodles of silliness and memories to last all the way until next year’s GraceCamp! Campers will be challenged with some wacky circus games, gain unique skills through professional workshops, and have an awe-inspiring story shared with them about the ultimate creator and ringmaster!
No children will be scarred by creepy clowns nor will any animals be harmed in the production of GraceCamp 2018.
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 – SILLY CIRCUS GAMES
7:10 – SNACK
7:20 – PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
8:20 – REFLECTIONS AND SLIDESHOW
8:30 – PARENT PICK UP TIME
On Friday, July 13th, 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 to twist and turn plain old pipe cleaners/chenille stems into whimsical, mostly wearable art. They will start easy and build on their skills until they can’t stop twisting and wacky and wonderful creations are formed.
Wendy Baner, aka “The Pipe Cleaner Lady,” was a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made awards and was on The Martha Stewart Show and Access Hollywood Live. Featured in the Wall Street journal and Andy Cohen’s Superficial, she teaches her craft interactively at parties and events across the country. Wendy is also very involved in a variety of childhood cancer charities and does regular hospital visits, bringing smiles to young patients through her creativity.
Campers will have fun using their tracking, timing, and coordination skills while practicing juggling, spinning, and balancing, with multiple props.
Keith Leaf is a trained juggler, object manipulator, variety performer, and circus arts instructor. He has worked for the National Circus Project, teaching and performing in schools for many years. Keith has appeared at prestigious venues, including: New Years Eve in Times Square, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Barnum Museum and many more.
Campers will learn about shadow puppetry, make their own simple shadow puppets and create a series of short vignettes. Techniques such as voice work and puppet manipulation will also be a focus of this interactive workshop.
Liz Joyce is a puppeteer who has conceptualized and created many puppet shows for A Couple of Puppets, a local storytelling and educational entertainment business. For the past 15 years, Ms. Joyce has also performed and hosted talented puppeteers at Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor, where she is the founder and artistic director. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Jim Henson Foundation.
Campers will build individual projects while learning to safely use basic hand and power woodworking tools.
Doug recently retired after 40 years of teaching traditional shop classes to middle school children in Sag Harbor, NY. He is an accomplished furniture maker and has a true passion for sharing his expertise with children who are eager to be creative. He is has led woodworking at GraceCamp for several years and continues to be a favorite!
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Samantha Krzyzewski at 631-726-6100 or by email (click here).