“The arts council staff took me in as if I was a member of their family.”
Angela, a single mom in Gettysburg, was walking by the arts council with her young daughters last year when something pulled them inside to explore.
“We saw their list of summer camps right away and I signed them up. I was so excited for them to have this experience and not just rely on me to be their teacher all summer.”
A student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Angela’s husband had recently left her, and without support, she was concerned that the girls might not be able to follow through and attend their camps—Ballerinas and Bears for both 5-year old Ella and 3-year old Callie, and Eric Carle Style Collages for Ella.
When she expressed concern to arts council staff, her fears were dispelled right away. “They immediately offered scholarship forms and even helped me fill them out. They took me in as if I was a member of their family,” Angela explains.
As it turns out, Angela was able to pay for the girls’ camps, so she turned down the scholarship offer so that other children might benefit. “But the fact that the scholarship fund was there, was so helpful. I was caught in a situation where the money wasn’t there at first, yet I felt strongly that my daughters have these experiences.”
Ballerinas and Bears was a “hit” with both girls, according to Angela. “The teacher was wonderfully open and willing to let them have fun. They both got very enthusiastic about dance!”
Additionally, Angela thinks of Ella’s experiences as very nurturing. “I saw that she was starting to define herself as an artist—it is her calling. So the idea of art camp just thrilled her. I’ve been artistic my entire life too, and I want to support that (interest in Ella).”
Angela even used Ella’s artwork to create a project of her own—a calendar for her parents. “It was much more advanced artwork than a 5-year-old is usually allowed to do in school.”
“The entire experience was just terrific for both girls.”
A summer camp in visual or culinary arts, music, theater, dance, and more is the perfect way to ensure your child continues growing, learning and having fun this summer!
Click here for the youth scholarship form (available in English in Spanish)–look under the Children’s Summer Camps section.
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