All 11-year-olds get to make a pillowcase with the quilting ladies at camp. They pick out their pillowcase fabric, and then use the sewing machine with the help of one of the quilting ladies. The campers also get to monogram their name on it. This is a tradition at camp that really appeals to the campers that are about to graduate; one on one time with a quilting lady is very special. This also allows them to make a keepsake at camp that hopefully they get to keep even if they move homes.
Dion was an 11-year-old boy who asked to not have his own name monogrammed on his pillowcase. Instead, he asked to have “Mr. Bill” placed on it: his counselor’s name. Once Dion finished his pillowcase, he handed it to Bill as a gift. As the counselor told me this story, he finished by saying, “That pillowcase is my trophy from camp. I’ll keep it forever.
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in camp settings and weekend retreats. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!