We started the summer with "pre-school" camp at Voluntari. I say "pre-school" but really these are our kids between pre-K and 1st grade age. Shelley and Natalie, two of our team members, prepared a great camp that played off our larger theme for the summer of "The Circus".
|Remus running a clown relay race.|
|Sometimes you just need a helping hand!|
|Making crafts about Noah and the ark.|
After "pre-school" camps came day camps. Each day we brought in groups of kids from either Voluntari or Peris to the team house where we continued with the circus theme. We had some special stations for the kids during game time: a trampoline, huge body bumpers for human bumper cars, and a slack line!
|Dani trying the slack line.|
|Making clown cupcakes for snack time.|
|Tim on the trampoline.|
|Daniel getting ready to swim...you can never be too prepared!|
|Andreea taking a dive. This was her first time being at our pool for the summer. Our kids are fearless!|
|They love to swim but they can still get a little cold as Remus demonstrates.|
Following day camps we had teen camps. First, we brought all the girls in from Rosiori, Voluntari, and Peris for a girls camp. Then we had the Voluntari and Rosiori boys together and ended with a camp for the Peris boys. As a special treat we took each camp group to a trampoline park. Everyone had a lot of fun jumping off obstacles, playing dodge ball, and tumbling into the foam pit.
|Alina at the trampoline park.|
|Taking a run on the tumbling mat towards the ball pit. Even the most reluctant kids all got involved by the end of the day!|
|Human bumper cars during teen camp.|
|One morning was spent with the boys at the park where we played a human version of foosball!|
This summer we had an amazing number of volunteers come out to help. At one point there were 37 people from around North America all living and serving under one roof together! And that's not including all of the regular, full time staff members who are here. Because we had so many helping hands we were able to have play days with the kids at the orphanage who were not involved in camp. Heather and I lead small groups of team members several times each week to share a story, make a craft, and play games with the kids.
|"Elephant Golf" during our animal week themed play time.|
|Making trees out of our hands and discussing how each of us is unique.|
With the conclusion of camps everyone has had a little bit of time to catch their breath and relax. We had a Canadian intern, Alex, with us until mid-August so we took the time to go sightseeing in Bran at Dracula's Castle.
|We didn't actually go inside the castle since the line was so long but we still did some shopping and sightseeing while we were there!|
In just a few short days I will be leaving for a week of vacation in Greece on the island of Crete. Jen, Jenny, Talitha, Heather, and I have planned a little get away to rest and reset before school starts on the 14th of September. We have already started fall ministry planning and I'm excited to see what God has in store for the coming months!