Saturday, July 31, 2010

Summer camp helps homeless children learn life skills

From Montana-

The kids wanted to touch everything.

Bright orange Kevlar pants. A simple ax. Cut pieces of wood.

Most of them had never seen these things, at least not so close. Seeing and touching and experiencing new things outdoors was a goal for the Angel Camp campers — kids who are homeless, living in foster homes or overcoming major life trauma.

Yes, they could touch, retired firefighter Steve Irving told them. He gave them slices of a tree branch, called them “cookies” and told them to count the rings and feel the cuts and moist, freshly cut wood.

“We get to keep these?” they asked.

“They’re yours — forever and ever.”
Greta Hinderliter, the homeless coordinator for the Natrona County School District, searched for years for a summer activity for the kids she helped during the school year. She found a partnership with the Wyoming Wilderness Camp run by the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming.
“I’d say 99 percent of these kids have never been to camp,” Hinderliter said.

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