July 22-29, 2017 – Volunteer dates including travel
July 24-27, 2017 – Camp dates
About the Camp
Originally created as a learning camp in 2007 and revitalized in 2012, the Porcupine camp was converted to a Vacation Bible School format in 2016 and renamed the Porcupine Bible Camp. The camp is a place where the love of Christ and the message of hope provided through His resurrection are shared through storytelling, singing, drama, arts and crafts and prayer. The theme of building healthy minds, hearts, and bodies through spiritual growth is emphasized during the week. To encourage active minds during the remaining months of the summer, supporting churches of the BDLC collect new and nearly new books throughout the year. The campers may select several books from this “giving library” to take home with them at the end of the week.
The camp provides an opportunity for the youths and adults from the Baltimore Presbytery and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to get to know each other and have fun while learning about the Bible. All camp activities take place on the Porcupine Presbyterian Church grounds. The staff prepares and eats all of their meals in the Porcupine Guild Hall and shares over-night accommodations at the Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort in Kyle, SD, a 20-minute ride from the church.
The camp is Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM. The children are picked up in vans driven by the staff and transported to the church where they have a hot breakfast prepared for them by the staff and members of the community. After breakfast everyone gathers in the sanctuary of the church for singing and prayer. The children then rotate to different stations consisting of Bible stories, games, and arts and crafts. The morning concludes with worship and singing in the church and a hot lunch is served before the children are returned to their homes.
Opportunities for Building Fellowship and Mutual Understanding
There are many opportunities for fellowship and education during the week. The staff worships with the members of Porcupine Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning and socializes after church at a potluck luncheon. A cultural presentation is arranged for one evening during the week and visits to Wounded Knee, Oglala College and the Red Cloud School are planned. In past years, the staff has had the opportunity to attend a Pow Wow and play softball with a community group. A family picnic is hosted by the staff in the evening on the final day of camp. Members of the Porcupine community join us to help teach classes and prepare meals for the campers.
We are seeking 15 volunteers for the Porcupine camp. The group will be comprised of a mixture of high school and college students to serve in the role of counselors and adults of all ages. Students must have completed the 9th grade by the end of the school year. Experience working with children of all ages and a willingness to form relationships with the campers and their families are a plus. Staff persons should be in good health because there are no medical facilities in the immediate area. All new applicants will be interviewed (see dates and locations on the application) and adults will undergo a background check.
Mandatory staff training is provided to prepare everyone for a successful week. The training includes child protection policies, cultural sensitivity, staff building exercises, travel arrangements, and information about the camp. A potluck dinner for the staff and their families is planned to give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other and ask questions.
Trips to the Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore are just a few of the possibilities.