The English Bible Camp aims to teach the Gospel truth by meeting the interest of French-speaking children to learn English proficiently at a younger age. The camp is intended for non-believing families in the larger St-Marc Church neighborhood. Participants will be required to register ahead of time and pay a registration fee to encourage commitment and regular participation. Participation usually ranges from 40–50 children per camp.
A French-speaking coordinator will act as a link between English-speaking volunteers and French-speaking children and their parents. This person will also act as a co-coordinator with the volunteers, and will assure that material to be sent home with the kids is properly translated into French.
Bilingual volunteers from St-Marc will help your mission team run the camp. These volunteers, in conjunction with the pastor and the coordinator, will follow up with the families contacted during the camp.
For the summer of 2013, English for Kids, for children aged 5–12, will be running during the following weeks:
English for Teens, for adolescents aged 10–16, will run for one week:
English for Kids/Teens is a full-day camp (9 AM to 4 PM) to which the kids bring a bag lunch. The final day of the camp will end with a BBQ and show to which parents, family members and friends will be invited. Members of St-Marc's will also attend in order to create connections for the follow-up ministry.
This year, we invite all mission groups to bring their own camp material and curriculum. If you have a Vacation Bible School curriculum your church has used in previous years, consider adapting it to a program designed to teach English as a second language. Once a church mission group has committed itself to conducting an English Bible Camp, the coordinator will discuss in greater detail how to adapt such a program. We also request that each group submit their program 6-8 weeks before coming to run the camp. The camp coordinator will review the program and send back comments for improvement.
Costs for volunteer participants include housing, food, transportation to and from Quebec City, as well as in and around the city, the rental of the church facility ($400 per week), camp material and publicity (though a considerable part of these fees are covered by children's registration fees). For more details on costs and housing options, please see costs and housing options as listed for the English Café.
Please note that the congregation of St-Marc's cannot absorb the costs of the English Bible Camp into its budget. We're delighted and encouraged by the support of sister churches and their participation in efforts to reach out to our community in ways we would be unable to do this by ourselves!
NOTE: A printable copy of the "Application for Québec Short-Term Mission Program" is available by clicking here.