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Why Should Children Attend Camp Noah?

Disaster changes lives - especially for children. And whatever type of disaster or trauma they have experienced, children often need support to process what has happened. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics titled “The Psychosocial Implications of Disaster or Terrorism on Children” states, "If children are helped to learn to cope with this stress, their symptoms subside. We can help our children live with this fear, adjust to it, and plan for the future rather than remain paralyzed in fear” (2005).  

How Camp Noah Helps Children

During Camp Noah, a team of Certified Camp Staff accompanies campers through an intentional process that enables the children to process their disaster and/or trauma experiences and gives them the space and time necessary to tell their stories and build resiliency skills. Campers participate in small groups, large group time (including music, skits, and puppet shows), crafts, and recreation time.

And - Camp Noah is FUN! Camp Noah provides a space for kids to be kids. Here are several comments from recent campers: “I love it! I wish I could go 62 times!” “It was REAAAAALLLLLLY awesome.” “I love how we learned in fun ways.” One camper told us: “I had a really good time and I learned I am special just the way I am and nothing can change that.”  Another said, “This was the best week of my whole life so far!”

Camper and Parent Reflections 

In 2016, 98% of campers surveyed learned two or more resiliency skills during Camp Noah, and 98% of campers said they had fun. Also in 2016, 100% of parents surveyed said they would recommend Camp Noah to other parents, and included multiple testimonies to the impact of Camp Noah on their children's resiliency, preparedness, and healing after disaster:

"My daughter feels safer knowing that the preparedness backpack she got from Camp Noah is ready to grab at any moment. At camp she made some really great friends who were dealing with similar loss."

"Each day my son learned something new and was very interested and excited about sharing his day. He is now not afraid when a storm comes. He shares with me how to stay calm."

"This week gave her a little more confidence to know that she has the skills and the knowledge to get herself through tough situations and that she can always talk about her feelings."

"Camp Noah was an experience different from any other camp or instructional setting. Children were able to identify their feelings and work through them. This helped ease some anxiety from the additional stress they have been feeling."

"My children were unsure about attending but after the first day were so excited! They loved every day of camp. It is a great time for the kids to express feelings about events they are dealing with and just a time for them to be kids and have fun." 

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Camp Noah, please call us at 1.800.987.0061 or send us a message