Kids create art-camp fun in Washington town

October 4, 2019
Kids create art-camp fun in Washington town

A good thing became even better this August when a family’s annual five-day camp in Mount Vernon, Washington, welcomed local children for a day.

For a few years, Atu Horan, a member of the Skagit County West Baha’i community, has hosted a camp each summer for her daughter and nine nieces.

Last year a few Baha’is helped out by providing games for one of the days.

After reading how Baha’is elsewhere had hosted an art academy for local children, the community decided to focus this year on offering a day of varied art activities, says local Baha’i Kathie Schmidt.

Children from a Baha’i-initiated children’s class and their friends were invited to join, along with all Horan’s nieces.

Twenty-six girls and boys, ages 3 to 14, attended. Horan’s husband, Jeff, and his mother also joined in.

With the support of the Spiritual Assembly — the Baha’i community’s elected governing council — and the assistance of 12 volunteers, seven activity stations were set up to appeal to the varied interests of the kids involved.

The stations included a “We Are Waves of One Sea” collaboration mural, rock painting, creating “veggie bugs” to share at lunch, clay modeling, music, a box castle, and paper doll creations.

It was a fun day for the children and the adults, says Schmidt, adding that the community hopes to build on this success next year.


Alena Ryder shows off a mural she and others made as part of an art day in the Skagit County West Baha'i community in Washington. Photo by Betty Chong-Gerbracht
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Children and helpers involved in an art day in the Skagit County West Baha'i community in Washington gather in front of one of their creations. Photo by Betty Chong-Gerbracht
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