By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015
Archery is one of the many great activities at Camp Courage USA.
Every summer, parents face the same dilemma: What to do with the kids over summer break? It’s enough challenge moderating time spent on video games and preparing healthy snacks. Finding a summer camp that gets kids outdoors and instills values – that’s enough stress to overwhelm any parent. Camp Courage in Owasso has the answer to parents’ prayers and registration is now open.
“We provide a way to discover something new,” says Jennifer Hayes, Camp Courage Director. She and her husband, Ronnie, started the nonprofit Christian camp seven years ago. With three sons of their own, Ronnie and Jennifer have been mentoring kids for over two decades. Spend a few minutes with them, and it becomes obvious they have big hearts and seemingly endless patience. Their passion and faith leads Camp Courage through a summer filled with fun and character building activities for children ages 5 to 13.
“Something unique and powerful happens when kids turn off the TV, pluck out the earphones, set down the game controller to spend some time in the great outdoors,” observes Ronnie.
Camp activities include hiking, canoeing, archery and rock climbing. Every year, Camp Courage adds something new to the program. Kids return each year looking forward to their favorites and excited to participate in the latest addition.
“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses,” Jennifer says. “But, sometimes, the one thing we are afraid of is what we are good at.” Hayes has seen what all parents have witnessed in their children. It’s natural for a kid to be hesitant about trying out a new sport or skill. Fear of failure – or teasing from peers – is understandable. But Camp Courage emphasizes positivity and teambuilding; and character traits like integrity, respect, honesty, compassion, service, and responsibility are themes within camp culture. With a little encouragement and guidance, kids step up and surprise themselves. Such experiences lay the foundation for personal growth and developing the strength needed to become successful adults.
At Camp Courage, the volunteer to camper ratio is 1 to 8. Parents who can recall their days at summer camp, or have seen some after school programs firsthand, recognize that such an excellent ratio ensures close supervision and ample support for physical activities.
Each week, Camp Courage schedules different activities and field trips. For families who have already made travel plans, this means easy scheduling around vacation.
For kids 8 to 13 who are looking for a more traditional camp experience, Camp Courage does a week-long camping trip at Camp Christian near Chouteau. The kids participate in swimming, sports, singing and more. The campground is safe and secure – and not too far away from home.
At the Adventure Day Camp in Owasso, children are dropped off at “Base Camp” between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., and spend the day having fun. Parents may pick them up between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. Before and after care is available, as well. Sessions run throughout June and July, and into mid-August.
Registration is now open for day camp and traditional camp. For information, rates, registration and more, visit their website at www.CampCourageUSA.com. A summer of memories is a click away.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.