PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Children's Programs

We ask that parents volunteer for one session, on one day during the week, to assist the children’s counselors.

 

See Staff for information about Children’s Program staff members.

Elementary-Aged Campers

Elementary-aged campers will be divided into two age groups:

lower elementary, ages 4-7 years upper elementary, ages 8-12 years

These two groups will travel and learn together occasionally, and at other times, break into separate groups for separate age-appropriate activities.

Pre-School

Infants to 3-year-old children will participate in multigenerational activities with the whole camp. A nursery space with manipulatives and simple art supplies will be available for use all day for children and parents, adjacent to where vespers will take place.

Daily Activities Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 AM

Children will eat with their families.

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for an multigenerational worship service with music.

Children’s Morning Program

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The Children’s Morning Program will take place during the Theme Presentation for adults and youth.

After being sung out at Morning Celebration, children will be taken on nature adventures led by professional naturalist Ginny Malcomson. Pond studies, hikes and nature crafts are some of the activities planned.

Salmagundi!

10:15 to 11:45 AM

Young campers will join all the other campers for multigenerational activities like Challenge Courses, community art projects, canoeing, outdoor games, and crafting.

Challenge Courses
Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: there will be an additional charge for these.] See the Challenge Course page for the schedule and fees.

Creating a Community Quilt
Our theme presenter from 2009, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, liked Camp StarTrail so much that she’s joining us again this year and will be leading the creation of our first camp quilt. Campers of all ages are invited to participate in this process, as sew-ers, press-ers, de-pin-ers, carriers, color choosers, and other tasks at a variety of skill levels. Using quilt-as-you-go techniques, we will mostly complete the project during our time together this week. Anyone who can ride a two-wheeler can learn to use a sewing machine, and if you have ever wanted to see what would be involved in turning all your fabric scraps into an actual quilt, this is your chance.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Children will eat with their families.

Children’s Choir

1:00 to 1:30 PM

In the afternoons children will sing with Kiya Heartwood our camp Music Director.

Children’s Afternoon Program

1:30 to 3:00 PM

The Children’s Afternoon Program will take place during the Afternoon Workshops for adults and youth.

After choir they will participate in an art project or play theater games and get ready for the talent show with their age group.

Afternoon Free Time

3:00 to 5:30 PM

Multigenerational activities for children with their families:

Water ActivitiesThe camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail RidesThe camp has hiking trails. It is located close to a state park, which has trail rides.

Field TripsThere are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and several golf courses (Quarry Oaks and Iron Horse).

Trail Head

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Activity for all ages gathering outside the dining hall. Jumping rope, face painting, bubble blowing, kite flying, and croquet are some of the activities that may be offered at this time of day.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45 PM

Children will eat with their families.

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Mark Stringer, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including a campfire, a dance, a talent show and more.

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