Last week, we at Little Hands Can, hosted our very first Kindness Camp! It was a blast! Thirteen kids came for the week of service.
Each day we had a theme to discuss a different aspect of service. We played games, read books and did hands on service projects all revolving around the daily theme. We had four guest speakers who each spoke with the kids about various organizations or ways to serve in the community. Here's a general description of each day:
FRIENDSHIP MONDAY - Monday was all about friendship. They worked together as they discussed being a friend, read the New Kid and the Cookie Thief, read For Every Child a Better World, played a friendship ball game, made friendship mailboxes and hosted a food drive! They placed boxes to collect for FOOD for Lane County at various local businesses so that people could donate.
ENVIRONMENTALISM TUESDAY - Tuesday was all about being kind to the environment. The kids discussed ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle. They picked up trash along the river trail. They made natural home cleaners in reusable spray bottles. They listened to a guest speaker, biology teacher Nan who talked about the importance of reducing and reusing.
HELPFULNESS WEDNESDAY - Wednesday was all about being helpful to those around us. We had a guest speaker, Tabitha, from the Eugene Mission, we made cards for the EM and first aid kits, we made Changepots for Charity, we made birdfeeders, we played a hula hoop game , we read Extraordinary Mary and Braids Girl, and we wrote friendship cards.
GRATITUDE THURSDAY - Thursday was about learning to be thankful. We had a guest speaker, Nell, from Womenspace. We made a gratitude tree, picked up our food basket from the 5th Street Market, and made upcycle collages.
LOVING FRIDAY - We made 74 kits for Bags of Love, had a guest speaker, Becky, from Bags of Love come and speak, wrote thank you cards to all of the guest speakers, made loving friendship crowns, and picked up all the rest of the food drive food!
Kindness Camp was a fabulous experience!
We are hoping to do Kindness Camp again next year, but are looking for a good location to have it. Do you have a location that would be a good fit host camp next year? If so, please let us know! You can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check out our facebook page for more cute pictures of the kids at Kindness Camp.