Virtual Camp Teaching Children Kindness
Canoe-Be-Kind is a virtual camp for children that is open year-round. It is completely free and is designed for children to experience with a parent or older sibling. Children can register at any time and go through the lessons at their own pace. There is a new video lesson each week. The lessons are posted on the Camp Canoe-Be-Kind YouTube channel and here on O Happy Day!
WEEKLY CHRISTIAN ADVENTURES AND KINDNESS CRAFTS
Parents can be as involved in this adventure as they want to be. Our goal is to lighten the load parents are feeling these days and to support parents in their journey of teaching children kindness and intimacy with God.
When you register your child for this free virtual camp on kindness, we will send your child a Red Bag of Courage, God Glasses, a magnetic Prayer Pin, and an Activity Booklet.
The campers will want to have these items with them as they watch Ms. Leslie’s weekly video lessons. In addition to the weekly video lesson and the weekly kindness craft video, Ms. Leslie writes a supportive letter to parents.
You’ll also want to have on hand your Bible, some pens or markers and paper for drawing or writing about an act of kindness each week.
Some campers use the Prayer Pin to collect the acts of kindness they are observing. And many campers share these experiences with us so we can post them on the Camp Canoe-Be-Kind on Facebook Page.
It’s a fun way for us all to stay connected and see what wonderful acts of kindness our fellow campers are discovering in their own worlds.
VIRTUAL CAMP FOR CHILDREN INSTRUCTOR, LESLIE AKIN
Ms. Leslie will become super familiar to you as you take the journey to learn about kindness.
She is a wife, a mother of two, and a grandmother of nine amazing grandchildren.
Leslie earned her Doctor of Ministry with emphasis on the Spiritual Formation of Children from the Fuller Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Goals of Camp Canoe-Be-Kind
- To create opportunities for children and parents to learn about a kindness lifestyle
- To discover the canoe as an effective tool for teaching kindness
- To understand the Scriptures as a vital, trustworthy tool for a kindness lifestyle
- To encourage children to respond to adversity with kindness and courage
- To share real-life stories of kindness and courage
- To stimulate a child’s imagination through wonder
- To validate young children as teachers and learners in the Kingdom of God
CAMP CANOE-BE-KIND SCHEDULE
This is a year-round camp and you can register your child at any time.
The first ten-week session is the Foundation Series. It will be most beneficial to experience these adventures in numerical order. Go at your own pace. Set your own schedule.
Remember that we are happy to help in any way, so just let us know if you need help, at all.
And thank you so much for the opportunity and privilege of being a presence in your child’s life!
How to Begin
Overcoming Obstacles Series
The fourth series of Camp CanoeBeKind is our Overcoming Obstacles Series.
Ideally, this series is designed to be used through Lent to Easter Sunday (6 Weeks of Lent – Easter). Because children’s fears are no respecters of seasons, “Overcoming Obstacles” can be used at any time of the year.
If you are choosing to experience “Overcoming Obstacles” during Lent, the following information might be helpful.
- The purpose of Lent is to prepare us for the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- We prepare in a variety of ways: repentance & fasting, service to others, monetary assistance to those in need, scripture reading…
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the Saturday prior to Easter Sunday.
“Overcoming Obstacles” seeks to help children identify their fears, recognize Biblical figures who deal with similar fears, and choose a healthy way to overcome those fears. Your child’s Obstacle Box and Supplies, and Teaching Video will assist in meeting these objectives effectively. Optimum learning will occur when you experience these together and pray together as a family.
For an overview of the Kindness Crafts for this series, please view the video below.
Christmas Adventures Series
The third series of Camp Canoe-Be-Kind is our Christmas Series. There are six lessons in the series that make up the series called Christmas Adventures. This is our first series that has separate lessons for younger and older children. You will find “younger” video lessons for children in Prek-2nd Grade and “older” video lessons for children in Grades 3-5+. There will be kindness craft videos and a booklets for each age group. Join us on this most wonderful adventure!
The second ten weeks of video lessons, kindness craft videos, and letters to the parents make up the series called Praying God’s Promises.
The first ten weeks of video lessons, kindness craft videos, and letters to the parents are called the Foundation Series.
HOW CAN YOU HELP OUR VIRTUAL CAMP FOR CHILDREN – CANOE-BE-KIND?
A donation to Camp Canoe-Be-Kind would help us cover the costs of supplies we send to each enrolled child and to continue preparing Christian adventure in kindness for tomorrow’s adults who will be better prepared to take kindness to our hurting world.
On the donations form, be sure to specify the O Happy Day! fund and in the comments you can tell us if you want your donation to be used for Camp Canoe-Be-Kind or another of our wonderful programs for children.
And, thank you!