Children welcome to free church day camp


Kids can stay busy for at least one week this summer as Community Lutheran Church in Frankford offers a free day camp from Monday to Friday, July 29 to Aug. 2. Spots are still available.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Campers at Community Lutheran Church tell stories to make each other laugh in the Fern Game 2.Coastal Point • Laura Walter
Campers at Community Lutheran Church tell stories to make each other laugh in the Fern Game 2.

Campers get an authentic experience in this “mobile” camp, which brings young counselors from the Mar-Lu-Ridge camp and retreat center, located in the mountains of Frederick County, Md.

Each day, Community Lutheran provides breakfast, lunch and two snacks for children of all denominations, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the campers can enjoy games, crafts and “silliness,” said counselor Katie Niznansky of Maryland. “We also teach Bible studies and them being made new through Christ’s love.”

On the first day, campers vote on a group name.

“Our group name is Sharknado,” said Niznansky. “We make a group covenant of how we want to treat each other [throughout the week].”

A major outing to a Christmas tree farm or boat ride is planned for each week.

Now in its second year, the Community Lutheran Church Summer Day Camp expanded to two weeks, one of which concludes July 19. Children grades K to 5 are invited, with “plenty of adult supervision,” all of whom have background checks, said parishioner Lonnie Riley.

Youth in grades 6 to 9 can attend the same camp at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City, Md.

“We felt a commitment to the community. It’s free so all families would know they’re [welcome] to participate,” said parishioner Sandy Wachter-Myers. “We just believe children are important to the church, and [we aim to] go speak of Jesus Christ.”

“We still have room for next week, and we’ll be here next year,” Riley said.

Community Lutheran Church is located at the crossroads of Route 20 and Omar Road. For more information, or to register children, contact the church at (302) 732-1156. Families from both weeks are invited to attend the presentation on Sunday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m., where prior campers will perform some songs. Kids can wear camp clothes and stay for the picnic-style luncheon. Families can also show up for registration at 8 a.m. Monday, July 29.