The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family will collaborate with the Boys and Girls Club of Pickens County to provide a pilot program of Camp Craddock on the 40-acre Holy Family campus in Jasper. Utilizing the Nature Trails, ample green space, and conference facility with covered pavilion, the 50 children will have plenty of room for hiking and exercise, as well as arts and craft experiences. A story from the “book of the day” will set the theme, and children will learn songs, play games, and create their own theme-related “snacks” to eat. Volunteers will help direct activities and oversee the safety and well-being of the campers. Although the children in the Boys and Girls Club program can attend during the summer, the day camp experience will be new for them.
The Craddock Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Cherry Log, GA. The Center was started in 2001 by the late Dr. Fred Craddock, Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Candler School of Theology, and his wife, Nettie. The mission of the Center is to enrich the lives of children and families in Southern Appalachia through service. Educational and cultural programs are presented by the Children’s Enrichment Program through which arts specialists deliver “happy and hope” to children in the Head Start and Pre-K programs of nine counties in GA, TN and NC. In the 2017-18 academic year 64 classrooms totaling 1,344 children received regular half-hour music and movement instruction, storytelling, and puppet shows, all provided free of charge. The arts specialists use props, voices, sign language, and movement to create learning experiences that build school readiness, emerging literacy skills, and creativity while building self-esteem for the children in these underserved areas. A traveling program of summertime day-camp experiences at Camp Craddock has been presented by mission groups from across the country at trailer parks and public housing areas for the past several years in Gilmer and Fannin Counties in an effort to bridge the summer learning gap.
As part of the week’s activities, the Craddock Center’s Story Express book mobile will also make appearances at Camp Craddock. The children will have the opportunity to choose their own new books to take home with them on the last day of camp. In addition to the snacks, the children will receive free lunches from a sponsored lunch program each day.
This event is open to participants of Pickens County Georgia Boys and Girls Club. Fees are to be determined by Pickens Boys and Girls Club. RSVP by June 15, 2019. To RSVP, please call 770-893-4525.