The base for our summer camp
All the parents waiting to go on summer camp grew up in orphanages. This year we will lead two summer camps. One for families who are members of our support group that meets regularly. The other for new families who have greater problems and who we help through home visits. The camps will be a highlight for them and their children, and a valuable way of strengthening their family.
A great deal of work is going on to get our camp facilites ready to welcome our families. Rubbish is being cleared, the garden tidied, the new stove is being completed, the electrics fixed and other small jobs. Since we have a lot of work to do in St Petersburg, we appealed to our families for help. Several families offered at once and themselves sorted out who could be there when to keep an eye on the workmen and volunteers.
At the moment two families are staying on site. Both of them have been on the summer camps three times, so they understand what the rules are for staying there and how we set things up. They were surprised when they arrived and saw the log cabin, which hasn't been lived in since last summer, all packed up and totally unready for the summer. However, they quickly established the routines we keep to at summer camp, sharing out the chores, cleaning up every day, sticking to a routine, feeding the children, and, most important, making sure the children are supervised at all times.
They have been looking after all the work that's going on. They are regularly in touch over the phone to report back and ask advice. Not long ago they told us that their husbands were happy to join the volunteers doing building work through July.
In this way we gradually include our families in the organisational work, allowing them to take on more responsibility. We are very proud about how they have risen to the challenge.