Emily Damude, 6, a Fort Bragg Family member, worked on improving her basketball skills at the Vacation Bible School Sports Camp, June 14, at Shughart Middle School.
“You get to play with the basketball and you get to control it,” she said. “I’m working on my dribbling.”
The camp offered youth basketball, football, baseball, soccer, dance and crafts, said Jeff Nevin, director of Religious Education, Fort Bragg Garrison Chaplains Office. Because it focuses on spiritual resiliency and growth, each day began and ends in prayer. Camp activities also included Bible study and snacks.
“We’re instilling Biblical principals in them each and every day,” said Nevin.
Those principals include teachings about courage, hard work, obedience, the life and story of Christ and about dedication, said Amber Guevara, coordinator, RSO.
It’s important for youth to learn hard work at sports and obedience to parents, all principals that will add value to their lives.
“Rules may not make sense, but there’s a purpose to do it,” Guevara said.
In the arts and crafts room, 10-year-old Kiara Cruz was showing obedience to art instructors, and seemed to enjoy her work painting a cross wind chime.
“You can be as creative as possible with all the different colors,” said Cruz, who painted her cross orange, green, pink and blue. “If you’re not getting messy, you’re not doing it right,” she explained.
So, what does the cross mean to Cruz?
“He’s the savior of all of us,” she said with a smile.
For those who helped facilitate VBS, it seemed to be a success.
“It’s just a very enriching experience because you get to see them have so much fun,” said Joshua Mabins, a Soldier assigned to the 528th Combat Operational Stress Control.
Linda Griggs, the widow of a veteran, worked as an administrative assistant, doling out information and ensuring that parents presented the proper identification for child pick up.
It’s important for youth to not only learn how to play together, but also to learn how important God is in their lives, Griggs explained.
This camp “gives an opportunity, not only for kids to have fun, but instill good ethical and moral principles,” Nevin said.
For more information about Fort Bragg’s Religious Support Office, call 396-1121 or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FtBraggRSO.