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Reading Camp in the Diocese of Western Michigan is in its fourth year of helping children who are identified as at least one year behind reading level to catch up and gain confidence.

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Mission: Reading Camp:

Reading Camp is an intensive remedial literacy education program for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade children who are struggling with learning to read. It is free to all campers through full scholarship, and will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Hands-on learning opportunities will be abundant, with a very low adult-to-child ratio in a comfortable, stress-free, failure-free setting for learning. Illiteracy has been categorized by the National Center for Child Health and Development as a public health problem. Over 40% of the children in the United States are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade; the percentage is much higher for minority children. We believe that each child deserves an experience like Reading Camp. We believe that reading is a basic human need, and we are committed to helping children become confident readers and successful students.

The last few years, volunteers in our diocese have traveled to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to learn to teach at-risk children coming out of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades better reading skills. These children had been identified by their schools as being at least one grade behind reading level. It was a life-changing experience for all of us. As a result, this summer, we will be holding the first ever Reading Camp for our own diocese. We have decided to join the Reading Camp Network sponsored by the Diocese of Lexington. They have a very well-researched and tested program which is used in many day camps and residential camp programs across the country. Our hope is that the program will spread to our entire diocese.

   
   

Reading Camp in 2017!

Albion, June 19-August 11, St. James Episcopal Church.
St. James is collaborating with the Albion Recreation Department to provide a Summer Dreams Program for children 5-12. The children will enjoy reading about Michigan legends, myths and Native American culture. They will also swim in the school pool, go to the Schuler Arts Center and visit the Whitehouse Nature Center. This camp will serve 50-60 children and will be directed by the Rev. Darlene Kuhn with Albion College students assisting.
Beulah/Benzie County, July 10-14 – St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Beulah at Benzie Valley Elementary School. This camp expects 20-30 students age 7-11. The children will be reading books about Michigan wild animals and going on field trips to see as many of the animals as possible. The children will read about bears and wolves, bats and other creatures great and small!

   
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Please donate new or gently-used books and school supplies to Reading Camp!

Reading Camp volunteers would like to request that churches in the diocese help by purchasing a few of the books we need and sending them to

St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church
785 Beulah Hwy
Beulah, Michigan 49617

The books can be purchased at any book store or on Amazon. The titles we would like are by Sandra Markle: What If You Had Animal Feet? and What If You Had Animal Hair? and Wolverines. It would be such a gift to the children in our diocese if these books could be provided for them!

   
    Video: Reading Camp 2015 – Albion
   

Albion Reading Camp 2015 from Diocese of Western Michigan on Vimeo.

Reading Camp in Albion reached out to the children of a city where life is not always easy.

    Video: Reading Camp 2014 – Grand Rapids
   

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