A local leader of the Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church is throwing support behind a summer camp program to be offered by an advocate in Elkin.
The Rev. W. Gaye Brown of the church said Jennifer Blackburn Bracey, an educator and practitioner trained in Somatic experiencing and Sensory Integration, is offering a weekly Journey Camp for young people at her property in Elkin.
“Areas are set aside for music, art, games, meditation, sensory play, outside play and simply exploring nature. A labyrinth on site is designed for quiet walking, and other quiet spaces are designed for children who want to rest and enjoy a good book, puzzle or game. A swimming pool on the property will be staffed at all times by a certified lifeguard. Other staff will include various educators and specialists to meet the needs of each child as well as a number of volunteers who will be available to offer special activities and programs such as bird watching and dance/movement,” said Brown
“The goal of this camp is to help children discover and appreciate the outdoors while at the same time developing the social and emotional skills necessary for their health and well-being. This is like going to grandma’s with all sorts of added benefits and joys. Camp is an extension of Soul Compass Center that is a community resource for families and children. The website www.soulcompasscenter.com has a link to the camp, www.journey-camp.com which has extensive information,” said Brown.
“I found a great deal of joy in serving my community, and the Church provided many opportunities for me to do so. I spent several years in ministry to children and youth until I began to feel a ‘pull’ for something more and my life’s path started to shift,” wrote Bracey.
Brown said she will bless the camp on Sunday at 5 p.m. There will be an open house on Monday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The first camp session begins on July 14, and the camp will run through the week of Aug. 18. The camp is designed to serve children from rising kindergarten to fifth grade. One week will be designed for rising sixth- through eighth-graders, said Brown.
Interested parents can contact Jennifer directly at 336-366-7416 or email her at Jennifer@soulcompasscenter.com for more information or for a tour of the camp facility.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.