Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.Colossians 3:12
Camp Kindness (previously Camp CanoeBeKind) is an ongoing virtual camp focused on teaching children children kindness and intimacy with God through weekly Christian adventures and kindness crafts. The camp materials are suitable for children from pre-K through grade 5+. It’s completely free and registration is open year-round.
Watch Ms. Leslie’s Welcome Video
How Does a Virtual Camp Work?
Every enrolled camper will receive a Red Bag of Courage, God Glasses, a magnetic Prayer Pin, and an Activity Booklet, so please enroll your child using this form.
Each week, two videos are uploaded to our YouTube channel. First, there is the lesson from Ms. Leslie. Second, you’ll find a video from other campers showing fellow campers how to do a fun craft that they can make for someone else and, as such, spread kindness.
In addition to the two weekly videos, Ms. Leslie’s writes a letter to parents. We know that parents need as much help as they can get, particularly now with so many schools closed and events canceled. So rest assured, parents can be as involved in the process as they want to be.
Camp Kindness also hold a short summer camp in Denham Springs where children learn that manners and kindness matter. Additionally, campers learn that they are a part of our Denham Springs community. Each year, the camp run for five days in July.
Part of the Kindness Keepers Ministries
Kindness Keepers is a community non-profit organization in Denham Springs that oversees four local missions birthed at Luke that focus on improving the lives of children and families. Camp Kindness is one of these four missions.
Beginnings of our Summer Camp in Denham Springs
In 2014, Luke 10:27 Church birthed the Camp Kindness mission with the goal of teaching manners to the children of Denham Springs. Leslie Akin, who holds a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus on ministry with children, founded the mission and wrote its curriculum.
In 2019, for five nights in a row in mid-July, we met at Luke 10:27 Church, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
On the last night of the camp we hold a Manners Matter Family Banquet, where the children host their parents to show them what they’ve learned.
Community Solidarity in Denham Springs
Each year, the kids of Camp Kindness make a contribution of some sort to the community of Denham Springs.
One year, we built a bench which sits under a gorgeous live oak tree at the entrance of Spring Park. Another year, we planted flowers under a prominent statue in downtown Denham Springs. And another year, the kids put together blessing bags for each City Council member showing their gratitude for the work they do.
Leadership Skills for Denham Springs Youth
Camp Kindness also teaches leadership skills. A group of counselors from Luke 10:27 youth work with Leslie, the founder, to teach the kids manners, kindness, empathy, friendship, and community solidarity.
At the end of the week, the youth from Luke 10:27 traveled to St. Augustine, Florida to conduct a sister Camp Kindness for STAHY. Unfortunately, STAHY has closed, but we are hopeful that a new sister Camp Kindness can exist in the future.
How Can You Help Camp Kindness?
In the past there has been a $25 fee to cover the cost of the banquet and materials. Donations to Camp Kindness made it possible for us to offer scholarships to cover the $25 fee that participants pay so that our program will reach children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Donations also will helped our youth team counselors cover the costs of traveling to St. Augustine.
The virtual camp is free but we supply each camper with supplies and your kind donation would help us cover these costs.