“Camp Noah is there to build resilience and preparedness for elementary school-aged children who have been affected by natural disasters,” said Reverend Colleen Winkler, site coordinator. The week-long Camp Noah just wrapped up on Friday, July 15, and the kids left all the better for it.
Camp Noah is a social services program that uses the story of Noah and the storm to help elementary-schoolers work through their trauma. It is not, however, a Vacation Bible School or evangelization program, but a research-based trauma response and resiliency program. “It builds on the beginning of the storm, and lets the kids share their tornado stories. That is just part of the curriculum, along with how to move beyond that, which is done through small groups, craft, and recreation,” said Winkler.