Love, Technology and Relationships:
TYM's Virtual Camp Experience

A 4 Part Series sharing TYM's Online Camp Experience
Intro | Photo Essay | Kids Focus | Leader Focus
TYM Family, 

This week, we continue on in our Virtual Camp Experience email series. Below, we share snippets of the perspectives of our kids. See their excitement from receiving their extra special Camper Treasure Box to the always fun Lip-Sync Dance Challenge that each of them participated in.

Weaved with lots of fun and new relationships, our summer camp provides a foundation for the unique challenges that urban kids face. Some of TYM’s primary objectives are to help urban kids experience and hear about God's love for them as well as develop a positive self-image and actionable life skills. Our holistic approach looks at the complete child’s needs and all factors that potentially affect their future. 

TYM Camp is all about helping change the life trajectory of our kids, helping them grow spiritually and develop their character and leadership skills. YOU were a part of making that happen--even in a virtual space. It is with great appreciation for you and your continued support that we have developed a special showcase of the TYM Virtual Camp Experience on September 3rd, 2020 @4pm-5pm. You will get to experience a "Day in the Life" of our campers and see firsthand how you IMPACTED this summer. Use the link to SIGN UP TODAY! We hope to see you there! Meanwhile, please take a moment to review some cool activities that kids experienced this summer.

Kindest Regards

Billy Coleman, Executive Director
All campers were mailed a Care Package full of items to use throughout the camp week. Each item was important in making a “virtual” camp VERY REAL and tangible.
Part of what made TYM Virtual Camp great was being able to make virtual a reality for so many families and kids across the Bay Area and even some families who participated in other regions/states. TYM has always been committed to taking kids on a  Transformational Journey through our in person summer camps. This year's virtual camp was no exception.

Testimonies from Parents!

She’s LOVING it! Cabin 2 all the way. Thanks for setting it up. Best $25 I’ve spent this summer. - A dad of a girl camper

Oh my, you’d have to hear his stories. At first he wasn’t happy that I signed him up for a “virtual camp” NOW!!! He’s so glad he’s doing it!! I’m so glad he’s doing it and super thankful for you guys!!! 😊🙏 - Mom of a boy camper

Noah is loving it!! 😊👏- Mom of a boy camper
In our Real Life sessions, we had excellent facilitators who demonstrated and taught practical life skills that aim to develop their resilience and character. The girls had a daily guest appearance by Ms Tanzanika Carter a veteran police officer. She provided straight talk about playing it safe in the neighborhood and online. In the picture above, our girls are learning how to "brush it off" when negativity comes their way!
In our daily CLUB sessions, our amazing camp speakers broke down the Good News of the Gospel into bit sized pieces that our kiddo campers could understand and embrace. Please pray with us that their hearts would be rich soil where these seeds of God's love will result in deep roots. Safari Carly and her friends led us in a daily adventure to locate and collect treasure to save the island.
Our Cabin vs Cabin Challenge times were great ways for kids to get involved in FUN & ACTIVE team games and have some friendly competition for AWESOME prizes -- like In-N-Out gift cards! Yummm! One of the favorite games of the week was "Go, Go, Go Get It" where campers and leaders had 30 seconds to run around their house, find a prescribed item, and come back wearing it. Here we see several of our PROS come back wearing a pen as a mustache! Great job!
For 30 years, TYM has formed intimate Teams that consist of 2-3 adult Team Leaders combined with 5-6 campers. In this configuration, each camper receives the love and attention they deserve and hunger for. Each team had their own jungle hut to call their own on our virtual camp island. And each hut included a private "Zoom room" that ensured a private space for REAL and AUTHENTIC group conversation after the Gospel speakers and Real Life sessions.
At TYM Virtual Camp, we hosted a virtual DANCE CHALLENGE! Cabins had to virtually recreate a music video from the pop song "Old Town Road" and they had a fun time  doing it!
Stay tuned for upcoming stories from our AMAZING leaders' perspective. If you missed any of the previous messages click on the links for an Introduction from Exec Director, Billy Coleman or last week's Virtual Camp in Review. 

Also, if you haven't already claimed your spot to learn more and EXPERIENCE a one-hour slice of camp on Thurs, Sept 3rd from 4p-5p (via zoom) click HERE. Register by Aug 27th to get your Champion Care Package prior to the Showcase.  
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