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What is camp?

For four days, children (grades 2-7) gather to immerse themselves in worship and the arts with their peers and an exceptional faculty of international and national renown. All of our instructors are trained musicians and/or music educators. The campers are split into small groups (12-15) by age and experience to travel through the day. Each group is accompanied by a Shepherd who stays with them for the week. Most of our shepherds are musicians and/or educators.

While the summer camp day focuses on children from grades 2-7, we offer an expanded program to include both our camp alumni and a learning experience for interested adults. Slated for August 13 through August 16 at St. Colette Catholic Church in Livonia, MI, the 2018 camp experience will be split into two distinct modules:

1) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Campers entering Grades 2-7 in the upcoming school year will participate in the same process our children have enjoyed since the summer of 2009, with hands-on experiences in choral singing, handbells, African drums, Orff instruments and liturgical art.

2) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – We invite camp alumni entering Grades 8 and above to return to camp as assistants during the day followed by a worship and arts experience from 3 to 4 p.m. designed specifically for them.

Campers share the fruits of their daily experiences in a concluding presentation on Thursday evening of our camp week.

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A typical day:

A typical day at hearts, hands and voices includes:

  • Morning and Afternoon Worship

  • Morning and Afternoon Choir Rehearsals
  • Break Out Sessions in Worship and the Arts:
    • leading worship
    • ringing handchimes and handbells
    • playing Orff intruments
    • drumming in the African tradition
    • creating liturgical art
  • Planned Recreation
  • Morning Snack
  • Lunch

The campers travel through their day within small groups accompanied by a "Shepherd" who has experience in teaching and/or music. The groups are split by relative age and experience.

Lunch and mid-morning snack are provided as part of your tuition.

Visitors are encouraged during Morning and Afternoon Worship to observe part of what these young people are experiencing during camp.