'Creation Speaks' as children enjoy community camp in Greencastle

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

About 30 local youngsters are listening as "Creation Speaks" during Krislund Community Camp offered this week by Greencastle Presbyterian Church.

From left, Karryngton Gates, Vanessa Wittenmann and Desaray Little hold hands while playing 'blob tag' at Krislund Community Camp Tuesday at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle.

Based on the story of creation in the book of Genesis, games, activities and lessons involve topics such as light, water, earth, seasons and animals, according to volunteer Anne Larew.

Participants have a holistic experience with God, according to community camp coordinator, Liz Henning.

Liz Henning, Krislund Community Camp coordinator, is at the center of a group of children holding hands and linking arms for 'blob tag' Tuesday at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle.

The children can learn through Bible studies, but they can also live out their faith when playing and interacting with their friends, according to Henning, who said the children's smiles are her favorite part of camp.

Sofia Bartlinski, left, and her sister, Carmela Bartlinski, are shown with volunteer Erin Herrmann at Krislund Community Camp Tuesday at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle.

Those smiles were evident late Tuesday morning as kids from 4 to 12 played two different games of tag at Jerome R. King Playground.

In "blob tag," once someone was tagged they held hands or linked arms with the person who was "it," eventually forming a blob of people chasing after others.

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"Toilet tag" was a variation of freeze tag. After someone was tagged, they had to kneel down on the ground to look like a toilet, putting out a hand for a handle. Once they handle was "flushed" by a friend, they were free to go.

Campers, counselors and volunteers from Krislund Community Camp are shown at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle.

Krislund Camp and Retreat Center is located in Centre County and also offers faith-based community camps throughout Pennsylvania.