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New Experiences for Different Discovery Campers

By: Bethany Williams, Midland Division

Campers from all ages and places gathered at Camp Mihaska’s Discovery Camp and benefitted from stepping out of the box and doing something new.

Clarisha
After hearing about Camp Mihaska’s Discovery camp from friends at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis, Clarisha was excited and somewhat nervous to go to camp since she is rather shy. At the age of 14, Clarisha is a soft spoken young girl, but has found it easy to make friends at Discovery Camp because of a variety of team building activities.

“Don’t be scared about going, just be yourself,” advises Clarisha with a big smile and a giggle.

The main reason for her boost of self-confidence is thanks to the counselors that have encouraged her to break out of her shell.

“I ask my counselors every year how old I have to be to work with them,” says Clarisha. “I love all of the counselors and I want to be one someday too.”

Counselors at the Discovery Camp typically are young adults above the age of 18 that are primarily college students. Besides interacting with other kids, Clarisha has learned how to act and speak appropriately toward adults.

Clarisha’s favorite memories of camp include paintballing and “ga-ga ball” because each activity required team interaction and hard work. From her experience at Discovery Camp, Clarisha believes that she has become a friendlier person and is looking forward to coming back next year.

Raven
At the age of 13, Raven Lawrence also is a reserved teenage girl, but has found Discovery Camp as a way to branch out and try new things.

Raven volunteers to play the drums at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis and heard about the summer camps at Camp Mihaska from other volunteers. While this is Raven’s fourth summer at camp, every year she pushes herself to try something new.

This year at Discovery Camp, Raven faced her fear of heights by climbing up the 30-foot rock wall and zip lining across the open fields to a platform below. From this adventure, Raven says she has learned to place trust in her counselors and friends.

From the various bible classes, Raven has found trust in God.

“I know that the Lord has everything I need,” says Raven. “When I leave camp, I am a different person. I listen and I care about others.”

After watching the guest performer David Cain’s juggling act, Raven felt inspired by his faith in the Lord to do such amazing and dangerous acts. Raven looks forward to coming back to Camp Mihaska.

Evander
As a high school student, Evander Hargrove at first did not want to come to Discovery Camp because he thought he was too old for summer camps. As a 16 year-old from Euclid, Evander said he would rather spend his time wrestling and playing football in order to prepare for his high school season.

However, his younger cousin, who attended Discovery Camp last year, convinced Evander that he would have a blast and make many new friends. So, Evander decided to give Discovery Camp a chance.

A few days into the camp, Evander  made several friends and loves playing “ga-ga ball”. Most importantly, Evander feels that he has been enlightened by the people at camp that introduced him to the Bible. He hopes to continue learning more about God and His teachings.

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A cup of cold water in Jesus’ name

NEW YEAR, NEW HOPE, NEW CHALLENGES: A Blog Series

By: Tom Kovach, Major Gifts Director

And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

Energizer employees help build a playground at The Salvation Army's Temple Community Center.

The sounds of laughter and the look of raw emotions on faces is filling the rooms inside a Salvation Army Education and Community Center as children and adults rejoice in the Lord’s blessing and the fellowship of each other. Smiles abound for some, tears of sadness or even joy for others or the journey to a new beginning starts today.   Stories are shared.  Prayers are abundant and many turn to The Salvation Army for hope.  These God-filled activities are repeated daily at our centers from South County to North City, Midtown to Overland and Maplewood to South City.

The Salvation Army takes tremendous pride in serving clients because we stress the importance of our fiduciary role.  Eighty two cents of each dollar contributed is spent for programs and services. The cornerstone of The Salvation Army includes a quality staff ready to serve the needs of these clients yet our demands our growing.  Much like a play or a movie, there are numerous, important supporting roles that play a vital role to helping change lives.

And that’s why you and your colleagues inside your company can help.  Our promise to you is simple: you will make a difference. 

No matter where you work or live, between your commutes from one destination to another, we are looking for volunteers from companies in St. Louis at any of our Salvation Army Community Centers.  I encourage you to get involved as an individual, your family or gather up a group of volunteers from your company.   Donating your time can be range from serving Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the following:

  • Have numerous office supplies like pens, pencils, notepads, markers etc?  Donate them to The Salvation Army.  Our Temple and Euclid Corps have existing partnerships with the St. Louis Public Schools for instance.
  • At our Family Haven shelter, there are 20 rooms where women and children rest comfortably as they seek permanent housing. These clients stay in a room for several months. We are consistently looking for laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
  • Clients come to us when they are seeking some form of counseling.  At times, these counseling sessions are designated for a parent(s) and because they can’t afford childcare, we are looking for volunteers to watch their children for an hour or so.  (All mandatory background checks are required for childcare). 
  • Instead of receiving gifts for a birthday or a special occasion, request monetary contributions be directed to The Salvation Army or ask friends/family to buy certain items. Each of our centers has a “Wish List” that we can provide for you.

    Ameren employees donated more than 400 hours in 2011 to bellring for The Salvation Army.

Help us help others!  Consider “Doing The Most Good” in 2012 and start the New Year off right with a thoughtful donation and volunteer.

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