The Messenger - June 2017 - 2
Safe Sanctuary & Camp Grandview
Just what does the phrase "Safe Sanctuary" mean?
We are using that phrase to describe the policies
and practices we adhere to in or our children and
youth ministries. Following the Safe Sanctuary
policies also prepares and protects volunteers in
their role of caring for and working with children.
The Safe Sanctuary guidelines include requirements
of the state of Pennsylvania for people working
with minors, and of our Eastern PA UMC
With two action-packed weeks of Camp
Grandview, we need help in the following areas:
Counselors/Shepherds are usually youth or
college-aged students who walk with a small group
of campers from one activity to another, participate
and offer encouragement during activities, and
watch for the overall safety of campers.
Adult Helpers lead program areas like crafts,
games, science, scenery development, Bible Study,
and music that support our camp themes: a musical
based on the story of Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego for week one and super heroes for week
Part of the policy states that everyone who works
with kids must attend a Safe Sanctuary training and
an annual update.
New volunteers must attend 1 of these 2 training
dates: Saturday, June 3 from 9am-12:30pm or
Saturday, July 8 from 1-4:30pm
We also need behind the scenes helpers for things
like buying groceries, making and serving snacks
and lunches, blowing up water balloons or cutting
out paper props for crafts or scenery, taking
photographs, handing out programs, helping with
morning registration, etc.
Volunteers who helped last year and attended either
the full training or update last year only need to
attend one of the following dates: Saturday, June 3
from 11:30am-12:30pm or
Saturday, July 8 from 3:30-4:30pm
If you have a love of leading or assisting, get in
touch with Kirstin at firstname.lastname@example.org to
see how your gift might fit this summer!
Volunteers helping with food service should expect
to attend an additional 1-hour training on July 8.
Sandy Cummings or Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads will be
in touch with you to determine what time works
best for those involved.
Helpers can volunteer for one or more days during
these weeks: Monday, July 17-20 from 9am-3pm
with our musical show at 7pm on Thursday.
Monday, August 7-10 from 9am-3pm with a showand-tell Super Hero Reveal at 3pm on Thursday.
Youth and college student volunteers will also have
an additional 1-hour meeting just prior to their
week of service to view the schedule and practice
some behavior and conflict management tools.
Please sign up at the Hub to attend the Safe
Sanctuary training so that we know how many
materials to prepare. If you have questions, please
contact Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads,
Special thanks to our Safe Sanctuary leadership
team: George Swank, Darryl Stephens, Elaine
Spangler, and Wendy Gaunt.