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Registration for this summer’s session of Camp Creativity will open at 8 am Friday, April 7.
A summer offering through The Resiliency Center of Newtown, Camp Creativity offers structure where children can focus on being present and enjoying their time. The camp takes place at Cullens Youth Association on Taunton Lake Road. Resident children who will be entering grades 4-8 in the fall will be hosted this year.
Camp Creativity 2017 will run the last two weeks in June, meeting Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 am until 3 pm.
To ensure there are not outside distractions, electronic devices are not permitted. Instead of being on their phone, campers will do a variety of physical activities and have creative outlets.
Stephanie Cinque, the founder and director of RCN, told The Newtown Bee in March that, “In the morning there are structured small groups led by the therapist at the Resiliency Center. Then we provide the children with free lunch, donated from My Place Restaurant.
“Then the afternoon is more fun camp activities; some activities we have are karate, yoga, and tie-dying,” she added.
In addition to those camp activities, Camp Creativity also nurtures mindfulness and purposeful acts toward healing. Campers have the opportunity to complete this by doing what Ms Cinque calls “a virtue” every morning.
“After we do our morning opening ceremony, they go down to the rock garden and mentally pick out which word virtue they are going to practice for the day — whether it is kindness, honesty, truth, brave, strong [written on the rock]— and take a meditative walk to their first group,” said Ms Cinque. The children are asked to practice the word they have chosen throughout the day.
Counselors are high school and college students from Newtown, children who lost a loved one on 9/11, and counselors who survived the Boston Marathon bombing. RCN staff has found that tragedy within communities can be a unifying bond.
Each weekly session can accommodate up to 60 children.
Last year, Camp Creativity filled up within the first 46 minutes of registration begin available.
This year’s online link will go live at 8 am Friday. Those planning to register their child(ren) should go to The Resiliency Center’s website, resiliencycenterofnewtown.org, or to the center’s Facebook page, to access the link.