162 children enjoy week, break chains, at Camp SPARK

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Campers put their voices, and hearts, into a song during a performance on Camp SPARK’s Family Night. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Camp SPARKers enjoy looking at an assortment of painted rocks on display during the Family Night event Thursday at the Family Life Center.

Camp SPARKers enjoy looking at an assortment of painted rocks on display during the Family Night event Thursday at the Family Life Center. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
First Baptist Church Childrens’ Minister Jeanna Jones and a band led campers in an energetic performance of ‘For the Joy of the Lord’ Thursday night at the Family Life Center for the Family Night, the culmination of the campers’ week at Camp SPARK. The week-long camp, which featured a variety of arts’ activities, is sponsored by the church, and had More than 162 campers participate this year, nearly double the amount of campers in its inaugural year last year. Over 100 volunteers in conjunction with the church made the event possible. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Campers recite lines during a skit on Family Night at the conclusion of Camp SPARK, giving their family a little preview into what they learned during their week at the camp. In its second year, the camp, named after the acronym Sports and Arts for Kids and sponsored by First Baptist Church in Cassville, nearly doubled the amount of attendees with More than 162 campers. Church Recreation Minister Jeff Allee, left, and Music Minister Scott Stearns, right, listen in the background. Over 100 generous volunteers from the community made the event possible. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Aubrey Rusher, right, shows her friend a cloth container she made during her week at Camp SPARK. The handy container is used to hold a hot bowl. Crafting a variety of items was just one activity campers enjoyed during their week at First Baptist Church of Cassville’s Camp Spark. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Camp SPARK, sponsored by First Baptist Church in Cassville, allowed children the opportunity to create their own camp experience by choosing from a variety of activities to participate in including the performing arts, creative arts and sports. Here, campers from the Stomp activity, which taught lessons in percussion, provide a preview to parents of what they learned during their week, on Family Night Thursday in the Family Life Center. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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