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This blog is intended to make a country that most Westerners find to be otherworldly not so much so. We enjoy sharing our experiences, noting our observations, highlighting our impressions and otherwise recounting our adventures in India while helping our blogwatchers to be vicariously closer to this grand country. Welcome to India.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

10 Unexpected Fun Facts of CCH Summer Camp

Jump ropes are just one of the activities unique 
to CCH Summer Camp for these kids.

Every CCH Summer Camp has a theme - 
this year is "God Has a Plan For You."

Mango Day is a great day for pastor fathers and children alike. 

These are two of the illustrations for this year's camp theme.  
Great illustrations, huh?!

We're in the middle of an April-long CCH Summer Camp campaign:  


Here are some fun facts about CCH Summer Camp:

1,  Sean, Paige and all foreigners do NOT lead camp.  We and other foreign teams serve alongside, helping indigenous staff and the CCH Leaders youth to lead the camp plan.

2.  This year’s camp theme:  God Has a Plan For You.

3.  Camp happens in 100-camper, four-day sets, all through May.

4.  May is the hottest month of the year, but the only month we can have camp due to the 11-month academic year for Indian kids.

5.  The first photos taken with a digital camera, the first time strumming a guitar, the first time playing chess, the first time serving a volleyball, just a few of the personal “firsts” that happen at camp for many of these kids. 

6.  Camp used to be $50/child, covering transportation, accommodation and food, but we’ve cut back significantly and are doing it this year for $25/child to make sure camp happens, even when things are tight.

7.  Summer camp is very rare in India, especially for lower class/caste Indian children.  Developing countries are often still occupied with doing what it takes to survive, not thrive.  We promise these kids to help them thrive.  We promise them Summer Camp.

8.  Our older kids, 12 and above, do not attend camp, but a Youth Leaders Conference, which helps prepare them for their future and decisions to be made, responsibilities to be embraced and life paths to be chosen.

9.  Many children at CCH Summer Camp have never had one whole mango all to themselves, but only slices shared among a group.  Camp Mango Day is always a big, huge, tasty hit!

10.  In the past camp has been funded 50% by sponsorships and 50% by general funds of CCH.  We don’t have that luxury this year, so camp will be ALL sponsorships and donations.  Hence, a big April campaign.  Help us get there!

Send a child or many children to camp by clicking here: Send CCH to Summer Camp

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Showers Bring May...Summer Camp: 30 Days for 300 CCH Kids

When you attend school 6 days-per-week and 11 months-per-year, 
corning around at camp becomes a necessity.

Light and unity - we hope this picture is a metaphor for CCH!

Foreign teams often serve alongside our Indian leaders for CCH Summer Camp.

He Made Us Family is just one of many summer camp themes 
we have had over the years.

Redeem a Childhood at Summer Camp by Clicking Here

Summertime starts a bit early in India - late April to early June.

Summer camp almost never starts in India.  It's a rare thing for any child.  

Something so vital for a childhood of discovery, joy and memories is so rare in the developing world.


Our commitment to these CCH children includes providing two summertime life experiences to meet this need according to the child’s age and level of maturity. 

First, we focus on broadening these children’s lives and helping them to redeem their childhood through a summer camp experience that exposes them to beauty and offers opportunities to develop their minds in creative ways.  

Second, we provide a youth conference to meet the needs of our older children as they look towards a future that, with the right preparation, can be filled with bright possibilities as well as critical decisions during their spiritually formative years. 

These summertime events give action to our words that we are holistically restoring and developing these children. 

We have approximately 600 children and approximately 300 are sponsored by amazing home sponsors.  The other 300 attending this year's camp/conference is up to us.  

Can we raise $7,500 with simply daily campaigning primarily on social media?

We're sure gonna try!  Redeeming children's early years is just too important to pass up.

This year's camp and youth conference costs $25/child, a significant reduction in price from year's past as we try to make it more affordable to those of our donors who have a heart to give.

Please consider sponsoring a child or two for CCH Summer Camp/Youth Conference by clicking here: