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7-7-15 Summer Day Camp Welcomes 95 Children From Around the World
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by Katie Morrison

 
 
The 95 children attending Kid's Camp.
 
 
For the thousands of Seventh-day Adventists flocking to San Antonio from all over the world, many bring their children. That means there are seas of rambunctious children uninterested in sitting through a four-hour-long business meeting concerning the wording of the Church Manual, Fundamental Beliefs and whether voting devices are working. As important as these session agendas are for the future of both these children and the church family, third graders simply cannot be expected to sit in fold-out stadium chairs for eight days straight.

What are they to do?
 
The Southwestern Union of Seventh-day Adventists is hosting a Summer Day Camp from Monday through Thursday, July 6-9, for ages 10-16. The camp starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs the entire day, ending at 5:00 p.m. Each morning before leaving for that day’s adventure, the 95 kids that signed up have worship given by various youth pastors like James Black and Gary Blanchard.
 
“We needed to do something for those kids,” said Suzanna Facundo, secretary in the young adult/youth department at the Southwestern Union Conference. “Some of the international kids might not have the opportunity to go to Sea World or a water park like what we have here. We wanted to give them the chance!”

Although a bit pricey when looking at the flat rate ($225 per child, $200 for second child), the price includes four extremely full days of activities as well as a catered meal every day. The schedule for the week tentatively promises excursions to Six Flags, Sea World, Schlitterbahn Water Park, and an Olympic Fun Day.
 
“We went to Sea World yesterday and the kids had a great time!” Suzanna continued. She related that the conference had been “working on this camp for over a year” and how encouraging it was to see the kids having such a good time.

For more information visit southwesternadventist.org/youth or call 817.295.0476 ext. 433.
 
--Kathy Morrison is a communication intern at Rocky Mountain Conference; photo by Suzanna Facundo
 
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
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Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 USA
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