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Area churches team up to offer Wilderness Camp for children

Joanna Litson plays a game of bean bag toss at a Wilderness Day Camp in Eagle Lake on July 28 while volunteer Al Morneault and fellow camper James McBreairty look on. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

FORT KENT, Maine — About 75 children of all ages headed to camp during the last week of July to enjoy some outdoor fun and Bible studies during an annual Wilderness Day Camp.

Pastor Jack Caron of the Madawaska Gospel Church said about 20 youngsters from that institution joined in the fun, which included a scavenger hunt, swimming in Eagle Lake and games of kickball on the beach.

“We’re here to have a good time and to have some Biblical education with the kids.The biggest thing they gain is a Biblical worldview from a Christian perspective. Obviously, at the same time they get a chance to meet other kids from the area and make lifelong friends,” Caron said.

Six County churches from Perham to Allagash participated in the week-long event,

Judy Dik, whose husband John Dik is pastor of the Allagash Baptist Church helped to organize the camp, which the Child Evangelism Fellowship sponsors.

Children were bused from their churches to Eagle Lake and back each day for five days. One day was spent at the public beach in Eagle Lake, while the other days were spent at a private camp in the woods.

“We want to share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with the children of the Valley,” Dik said.  “God is the only true answer to the issues of today that these children will be facing.”

A special guest at this year’s camp was Abby Carter, a missionary from the South American country of Uruguay. Carter taught the children about Uruguayan culture and introduced them to foods native to that country.

The staff to student ratio was 1 to 3 according to Dik, who thanked the many volunteers who helped out with the camp. Among those volunteers was Stacy Belanger.

“For camp to run as smoothly as it did it takes so many good people behind the scenes,” said Belanger. “Many churches collaborated, we had a need for bus drivers, counselors, Bible teachers, people faithfully praying … there were people behind the scenes setting up, putting crafts together, we needed bakers, cooks.

“Because of the many volunteers many children were able to attend camp this year,” she added. “You could see how much fun they were having and they left with hope and joy in their hearts.”

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