Youth Interfaith Service Day Camps

Our Interfaith Service Day Camps provide an introduction to the world of interfaith leadership through visiting sacred sites and building community through service.  Students will build friendships while working with a variety of service organizations doing incredible work in our community. It is an excellent opportunity to engage with peers and neighbors of a variety of cultures, traditions and world views.

In 2021, our Youth Interfaith Leadership Day Camps will be virtual online workshops in 2021 due to COVID-19. They will happen from June 14-17th. More info

We hope to resume our Day Camps in the summer of 2022.


Habitat for Humanity

Camp Testimonials

Hear from previous campers

Mosque camper group shot

Week 1: Interfaith and Cross-Cultural Exploration


Introduction to the world of interfaith leadership through visiting sacred sites and building community through service. This week is perfect for 6th - 8th grade students who are new to interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural engagement, and are ready to begin the journey of seeing new places in our city and making new friends. During this camp students can expect to:

  • Explore different houses of worship (eat tasty foods too)

  • Engage with peers and neighbors of a variety of cultures, traditions and world views

  • Learn interfaith leadership and cooperation

  • Build friendships through service with a variety of organizations doing incredible work in our community

 

Cathedral of St. Andrew

Day Camp visits Temple Emanuel

Day Camp visits Cathedral of St. Andrew

Buddhist temple tour


Week 2: Interfaith Leadership and Community Engagement


This week will explore cooperation across lines of difference as we learn each other’s stories and work to build an equitable community for everyone. This week is perfect for 8th - 12th grade students who have experience with interfaith dialogue, cross-cultural communication, and are ready to explore how people experience Grand Rapids as their home. During this camp students can expect to:

  • Learn the stories of our neighbors at sacred sites and houses of worship (eat tasty foods too)

  • Engage with the hopes and concerns of a variety of cultures, traditions and world views within our community

  • Learn deep dialogue, thoughtful listening, and organizing for change

  • Build friendships through service and shared explorations of how we can work towards a community where everyone is valued and respected

**Students who have attended Day Camp in the past are encouraged to think about attending week 2**

Ropes course

Day Camp group shot

Day campers having fun

Day Camp at Habitat for Humanity


Sikh Gurdwara visit

What kind of places will we get to experience?

Over the course of these weeks, you'll get to experience things like:

Islamic Mosque, Jewish Synagogue, Sikh Gurdwara, Hindu Temple, Dominican Center, Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Simulation, and more... 

*actual sites are subject to change

 

Hindu temple visit


JOIN THE FUN!

  • Team Building and Leadership Skills
  • Work On Service Projects Together
  • Taste Different Foods
  • Explore Diverse Faith Communities
  • Make New Friends

            . . .and much more!

Planting at a Plainsong Farm

Need More Info?

For any additional information or if you have any questions, please contact us via email.

You may also call the Kaufman Office at 

(616) 331-5702.


A Sample Day's Schedule

Time

Activity

8:30 a.m.

Students Arrive at KCTC

8:45am

Morning Briefing and Reflection

9:00 a.m.

Travel to House of Worship

9:15am

Tour and Learning Together at a Local House of Worship

11:30 a.m.

Lunch on site

12:15 p.m.

Ride to Service Site 

12:45 p.m.

Working Together at Local Service Agency

2:45 p.m.

Ride to KCTC

3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Debrief and Reflection

3:30 p.m.

Students picked up at KCTC

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Camp friendship