Camp teaches children about God through art

A new summer camp program at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently welcomed children ages 5-8 to a weeklong camp that combined theology lessons with art, celebrating God’s creation by creating.

Each day of Creator Camp featured time to sketch in a journal, pray with various statues and at other religious spots on the Moon Township campus, work on two larger art projects and enjoy story time, snacks and active games. Sessions ended with prayer in the school chapel.

Children molded with clay and painted their creations, tie-dyed T-shirts, created shadow puppets, baked and decorated cookies, planted seeds, painted and drew on canvas and in sketchbooks.

“Creator Camp was a blessing for our family,” said Elena Donoso Brown, whose son, Evan, attended the camp. “Our son was engaged in both outdoor explorations of God’s creation and indoor activities that fostered his own creativity. His favorite part, though, was story and snack time. He had a blast.”

Kate Kelly, OLSH theology teacher, had been approached about offering a summer camp for young children that combined art and faith.

“At first I wasn’t sure about the age range, since I didn’t have much experience, but then thought it might be really fun,” she said.

“The whole week was focused on God as our Creator and the children as mini-creators through art. Our phrase for the week was ‘God created (blank) and it was GOOD!’ We would fill in the blank with whatever aspect of God’s creation we were discussing that day and the kids would always shout the ‘good.’”

Kelly also found the experience positive for herself, noting, “the most rewarding part of the camp was how excited these kids were about everything, especially Jesus. Everything becomes so commonplace and mundane for us, but for them, it was all amazing.”