2nd Annual Children's Camp
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Author: Lady Katherina
Posted: October 7th. 2007
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Sponsored by: Church of the Ancient Ways
Location: Highland Farm/Glenville, PA
Event Date(s): July 13-15, 2007
2nd Annual Children’s Camp Weekend -- A Success!
I remember my drive to Highland Farm on Thursday afternoon. I was having mixed feelings. Excitement filled me in anticipation to see the children again this year and in hopes of new families as well.
Silently I ask the God and Goddess to give us beautiful weather for the weekend. I was in hopes that the rain would hold off until Sunday night.
My nerves were shaken a bit about the weekend. Susan and I had double-checked our check off lists; still we hoped we hadn’t forgotten anything.
Finally I decided to give up and just claim that the weekend would be wonderful for the children and that was all that mattered.
We arrived at Highland Farm, met by Ed and Dee whom I call the Lord and Lady of the Land. For if you have never been to Highland Farm you are missing a wondrous and spiritual place. They have opened the farm to community for various spiritually related events.
Where can you go and walk the labyrinth, the medicine wheel and sacred space atop a land that seems to kiss the sky? I fell in love with this farm many years ago, before many of the things had been created.
You can feel the energy of this place and the wind carries the whispers of songs and chants of rituals past and calls for more to be. What a wonderful place for our children to know.
Hence the story begins.
On July 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2007, Church of the Ancient Ways sponsored the 2nd annual Children’s Camp Weekend at Highland Farm. This weekend was dedicated to our children. Every event, every workshop, every activity was all about them. Our community giving back to the young ones within it.
Friday evening cars started to slowly begin to arrive. We expected this because we knew that most parents would just be getting off from work. Friday night at 8 pm was a Greet and Meet weenie and marshmallow roast for the children that had arrived.
Early on Saturday morning all the families gathered at Mother Earths Coffee Nook. Yes of course the children were wide-eyed and ready to run as the adults stumbled to the coffee maker.
Everyone gathered in front of Mother Earth and talked, children played and new families arrived and registered. Finally it was time for the Nature Walk.
Children and Parents that wished to travel the woods of the farm disappeared into the woodlands. There they learned about the wetlands and trees and how to respect the land. The children also had a mission while on this walk, a treasure hunt for items to use on the wands they would be making when they returned.
They came back excited to share with us all what treasures they had found, crystal stones, feathers, berries, nuts, wood for wands and much more.
It was magickal, it was endearing, and it was amazing watching these children interacting together. Many just meeting for the first time yet it was as if they have been friends forever. Creating wands, beaded jewelry, plaster artwork, making drums, rattles, masks and not to mention the games. Drumming circles, marshmallow roasts, amazing face painting and henna art by our local artist, there wasn’t a moment wasted.
They created the cloth painted wall hanging for this year’s camp to be hung in the children’s room of Mother Earths Coffee Nook.
They created the ritual cloth to cover their altar for the ritual honoring the God, Goddess and their families. Learning chants, songs and parts for their ritual. Yes, the children conducted their own ritual from anointing each person as they entered sacred space, hand to hand circle casting, calling the quarters, inviting the Lord and Lady to charging the charms of love to be given to their parents and of course to the Keepers of the Land Ed and Dee.
They blessed the cakes and ale and offered to the libation dish, then to community with “May you never hunger” and “May you never thirst”. They released with thanks the Lord and Lady, the Quarters and drew back the circle.
It was magickal to say the least; it touched the hearts of everyone standing in their circle, eyes weeping from moms and chest puffed out by dads and smiles all around.
The number of children doubled from lasts years’ camp and that isn’t all that doubled. It was double the fun for the children and the adults. We are already working on planning next years 3rd Annual Children’s Camp at Highland Farm.
Many of the parents there have asked if they could help, we say yes! And we are in hopes that more of the families will find their way to next year’s weekend devoted to our children. Allowing our children to interact with their peers and allowing us the adults to learn from them as well.
We are planning new activities and workshops for next years Children’s Camp. We want our children to always come with high hopes, explore, learn and laugh. We want them to leave us at the end with smiles, joy and memories to carry with them.
We want them to look forward to the next year’s camp as their camp, where they come and reunite with old friends and make new ones too. A place and time set out just for them.
I would like to thank Ed and Dee of Highland Farm for opening up their sacred land to allow our children to learn and be part of community. In this time of their lives it is important that our youth find a place in community as they deserve and to be honored as our children of the future. For our children to learn about, experience and live with nature gives promise to the future of Mother Earth herself. Even if just for a few days, so that they carry back home with them a spark of nature in their hearts and a shine of promise in their eyes.
Thank you for allowing Church of the Ancient Ways to sponsor such a blessing as the Children’s Camp Weekend. We are a community working, growing, loving, and nurturing together.
To find out more about the Children’s Camp Weekend at Highland Farm sponsored by Church of the Ancient Ways and to see pictures from this years Camp or Highland Farm and Church of the Ancient Ways, please visit:
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