HILLSDALE – Hillsdale Community Kids College completed its eighth year of summer day camp at Hillsdale Free Methodist Church on Friday.
The weeklong camp is sponsored by the Hillsdale Area Ministerial Association and offers skills-based electives throughout the morning from 9 a.m. to noon.
Principal Pat Baughman, pastor of La Fayette St. Church of Christ, said the camp’s stated mission is, first, to teach children about Jesus Christ, and second, to provide children with a solid understanding of life skills useful and necessary.
Jody Saunders, in charge of registrations, said the 14 classes hosted an average of 65 children throughout the week.
Saunders, who also gives a morning Bible lesson, said the rocket and the kitchen were upper class.
“Depending on the type of class, the average height that leaders can handle is between 10 and 15 children,” Saunders said. “We have volunteers from the county churches running the classes. “
Classes started on Monday and continued until Friday August 6. Each day the children attended a brief assembly where they learned a lesson from the Bible.
The camp offers children aged 7 to 14 the opportunity to train in two different skills of their choice.
Classes included cooking, crafts, martial arts, guitar basics, piano, kente weaving, model rockets, fishing, and board games.
New courses introduced this year included: Tae Kwon Do, Chess, Stamp Collecting, Gardening, and Recycled Art.
A teacher at an outdoor fishing class, Doug Stewart brought his fishing boat on Wednesday to show his class items on board that help him with chores. Included were snips to remove hooks from a fish’s mouth, a tackle box full of supplies, and a GPS system to tell it where it could find the best spots to fish.
In his guitar class, Zac Safstrom taught song strings with each student able to strum a guitar as he taught.
As Paige Swan helped her grandmother, Brenda Sprow, with a recycled art class, the students first listened to instructions on how to attach a door to their mini doghouse. She said the children learned a variety of crafts. Other helpers throughout the week included Carol Flaugher and Loretta Carpenter.
While running back and forth after giving a Bible lesson on Peter, Saunders said Hillsdale Community Kids College gives children the opportunity to learn a skill under the guidance of caring staff.