One Amazing Summer, part five

In the midst of a hot summer, a water war is a must. Which means that she who controls the outside spigot, controls everything...

In the midst of a hot summer, a water war is a must. Which means that she who controls the outside spigot, controls everything…

We’ve had one amazing summer! We made it happen, and it was all because of six interworking parts: Our Donors, Our Volunteers, Our Space, The Bishop, The Board & Staff, and The Missioners! Today we’re taking a look at our space, which was pretty nifty, indeed.

Our program was hosted at the Diocesan Ministry Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. Eaton Camp had ample space here, both for programs and indoor & outdoor recreation.

We were able to provide our participants with a safe and healthy environment where their minds would be challenged and their sense of play encouraged. Our participants found both safety and agency with Eaton Camp, a rare commodity in their urban lives. During various free times during the day, the children would exercise their agency, making their own choices of what to do and how to play within a frame of safety.

Safety & Agency

During free time, Connect Four was easily the most popular game, and the adults and teens enjoyed it, too!

During free time, Connect Four was easily the most popular game, and the adults and teens enjoyed it, too!

School: Safety without Agency

The children are safe when they are in school, but their lives there are closely regimented and the opportunity to make choices for themselves are quite limited, as free time is not a priority.

Home: Agency without Safety

In unsafe neighborhoods, it is difficult for children or their parents to safely find opportunities to play outside without strict supervision.

Without exercising agency, children lose an important opportunity to build confidence and leadership skills, make moral choices, and learn the consequence of their actions.

Stay tuned for the next installment of One Amazing Summer!

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