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Cabin Counselors Needed at Camp New Day, July 7-12
Cabin Counselors Needed at Camp New Day, July 7-12

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., March 27, 2013—Camp New Day, a summer camping experience held one week each year especially for children whose parents are incarcerated, is seeking cabin counselor volunteers to supervise youngsters from July 7 to 12 in Reed City, Michigan.

Camp New Day is known as a camp like no other. It is held at the Albright United Methodist Camp site, at 3156 190th Avenue in Reed City. Camp New Day is a ministry of the Prison and Restorative Justice Committee of the West Michigan Conference of Methodists, a ministry of the Board of Church and Society of the Detroit Methodist Conference, as well as a Jubilee Project of the denomination.

Cabin counselor volunteers need to be adult men and women 18 years and older to be considered. Each cabin counselor is responsible for six-to-eight kids, aged 9 to 14, who are organized by age group in cabins while the camping experience is in session.

“During the day, campers go into family groups and the cabin counselors are assigned to various Family Groups so they get a chance to interact with other youth, along with time spent canoeing and doing a number of fun projects with the kids,” said Marion Fitch, Camp New Day coordinator.

Cabin counselors supervise children in each of the cabins overnight during the week-long camp and they are responsible for getting the children up each morning and to bed at night. Counselors accompany the kids on fun outings while at camp, going canoeing with them, helping them with archery, arts and crafts, going to chapel, learning music, singing, plus gathering around the popular fire bowl each night to roast marshmallows and share funny stories.

“This year, we will be hosting an orientation for those people who step up to volunteer as cabin counselors, so we are encouraging people to contact us as soon as possible to sign up,” said Fitch.

Orientation will be held Friday, May 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. until Saturday, May 11 about 1 p.m. at Camp Albright in Reed City. Video training covering child care, conflict resolution and more will be shared with volunteers.

“This camping experience is great because it gives children whose parents are in prison a whole week to just get away with other kids in similar situations, find comfort knowing there are those who care for them, plus it offers an opportunity for Christian fellowship for all of the participants,” said Fitch.

Marion and her husband, Larry Fitch, are members of United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven, MI. They have served as volunteers in numerous capacities working with children, youth and adults throughout the years. They also have served as volunteers with Camp New Day for five years.

Every child comes to camp on a scholarship and funding occurs through the generosity of churches and individuals. Help is always appreciated, so to find out how to donate, individuals should contact the Fitches at the number or email below.

Anyone interested in being a cabin counselor, giving of themselves to children in need and enjoying Christian fellowship with other adults and youth are encouraged to contact Marion or Larry Fitch, volunteer coordinators by phone: 616/296-0844 or email: larrymarionfitch@att.net. # # #

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