Camp Imagination – 2017

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July 24th to August 4th 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
217 North Carey Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223

Camp Imagination is a two week, tuition-free summer program for elementary- and middle school-aged children in West Baltimore’s Franklin Square/Poppleton community. The program focuses on students who are either behind in reading or who need a boost in their motivation to read. Camp Imagination inspires a love of reading and writing through the visual and performing arts.

This year the theme of camp is “Lift Every Voice.” Throughout the day campers will learn and practice literacy skills through poetry and other texts that are connected to the theme. They will write original pieces as an expression of their own hopes and dreams, as well as struggles and challenges. Campers will present these written pieces orally though musical arrangements, spoken word, recitation, and song, enhancing the Common Core English Language Arts standards through the National Core Arts standards. They will have two field trips that connect with the theme. In addition, campers will host and participate in an Open Mic Night Poetry Slam on the first Friday of camp. Then, at the end of the two weeks, campers will host a Variety Show for family, friends, and the community to “lift their voices” in celebration of their hard work and accomplishments.

Camp Imagination is a place where imagination, creativity, fun, and literacy go hand-in-hand. It is our hope that each child leaves camp with a love of reading and writing, along with an enthusiasm for learning that will last a lifetime.

Volunteer, Contribute, Inspire…Change a Life!

For more information contact:

Amanda Talbot 410-340-1251

Camp Imagination Update: August 5, 2016–Day 5

  1. Day 5:  Field Trip to Visionary Arts Museum and Grand Art Opening

We went by bus to the Visionary Arts Museum early on Friday morning.  The campers created Hope Chests, in which they placed their hopes on slips of paper.  40


“A good future” is the hope

The campers were thrilled to actively explore The Visionary Arts Museum with all its treasures.

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A picnic lunch followed on the top of Federal Hill.  During the visit and lunch, volunteers were busy transforming the undercroft of the church into an art gallery.

After time for a rest back at camp, the Grand Art Opening began at 4:30.  Children greeted their guests and walked them through the amazing display of their work created over the week of Camp Imagination.



One of our campers reading Something Beautiful to her little brother at the Grand Art Opening


Our THANKS to our Director, Amanda Talbot, our Artistic Director and Consultant, Kathy Gardner, and our leader, Father Van Gardner









Campers pictured with half of our volunteers.  Note the saying from the Talmud: “Call them not your children. Call them your builders.”



Camp Imagination Update: August 4, 2016–Day 4

Day 4:  August 4, 2016—The World Changes

When we arrived, the entrance to the undercroft had been changed!  The fence weavings that we completed on Day 3, were hanging at the entrance declaring our theme:  CHANGE


On Day 4, the theme, The World Changes, was illustrated by reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.  Message:  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

Ms. Kathy demonstrated how to paint clay flower pots and the campers painted them in preparation for planting a philodendron to take home and care for.


After lunch we learned how to make large and small truffula trees from “The Lorax.”   We read “Good People Everywhere,” and made tags for our trees with messages about the good people in our lives, our communities, and our world.  These were gifts to be handed out to our families and guests at the Art Opening on Day 5.


Camp Imagination Update: August 3, 2016–Day 3

Day 3:   Communities Change

When we arrived, we found our art from Day 1 that we had changed into hands with positive feelings on Day 2 had been further changed into  leaves on our tree!  Check out the many positive feelings that fill our buckets.



Click to view full size and see the positive emotions

Day 3 focus for readings and activities was Communities Change.  We began the morning with a story about identifying beauty in the things around us, “Something Beautiful.”  Our five groups embarked on seeking Beauty on a photo scavenger hunt through the neighborhood.  We found beauty everywhere we looked!


Ms. Kathy helped us identify the elements of house architecture, and we drew and developed houses that were our dream houses.  These will become our dream community tomorrow.


Finally, we worked on a weaving project to change the letters, C-H-A-N-G-E, into fabric fence art that will be posted at the church.  By the end of the day, we were well on our way to completion.



Camp Imagination Update: August 2, 2016–Day 2

Day 2:  People Change

We began the day with Team Building activities including introductions with the “Wiggle, Wiggle” song and promenade:


Developing the Day 2 theme, People Change, we discussed positive and negative feelings and emotions and how emotions change.  We read books illustrating how feelings change, including “Mean Jean, the Recess Queen.”  After lunch, Father Van read, “How Full is Your Bucket?” and discussed nurturing positive feelings.  We all chose a positive emotion that we would like to nurture in ourselves and we called it out as we flung balloons filled with paint at a picture on the barn wall.  Stay tuned to see what happens to this tree.



Camp Imagination has been very fortunate to have the help of partner parishes:  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Woodlawn is providing breakfast and daily afternoon snacks.  Parishioners (seen below) from The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Ruxton come daily to provide a healthy lunch:

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Camp Imagination Update: August 1, 2016–Day 1

Camp Imagination kicked off as envisioned:  An exciting week of reading, art, fellowship and fun!   This year the theme is “Change” and the focus is visual arts.  After an amazing amount of planning and preparation, camp began today with staff arriving at about 8 AM and over 30 campers arriving at 9 AM.

Below are some highlights.

Remember to mark your calendars for the the Grand Art Opening this Friday, August 5th in the Undercroft at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Ms. Eva welcoming arriving campers


Fr. Van preparing to rid the yard of unwelcome mosquitoes with a home brew, “safe”  spray


List of norms for the week developed by the campers


Ms. Amanda reading to campers


Campers attending to the readings and discussions about Change and about art


Finger painting was among a host of Day 1 art projects


Camper developing his picture of a favorite thing: A bicycle


One of our volunteers angling for the best shot


Exhausted camper sleeping at the end of the day

Camp Imagination 2016 Update

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who was able to join our Camp Imagination planning session last Sunday!  Camp is gearing up to be an exciting week of reading, art, fellowship and fun!

Please spread the word and mark the following dates on your calendars.

  • Youth Group Planning Session:

Sunday, June 12th 12:15-1:15 Please encourage any interested, mature young adults and/or immature adults to attend.  We will be coordinating the free-time activities for the week of camp. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided!

  • Volunteer Training Session:

Sunday, July 17th 12:15-1:15 If you will be volunteering for Camp Imagination, please plan to attend this training.  We will go over the final schedule for the week, hand out volunteer assignments, and answer any remaining questions.

  • Camp Imagination: Monday, August 1st to Friday, August 5th, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Grand Art Opening: Friday, August 5th, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Many thanks,

Amanda Talbot

Please see the announcement for Camp Imagination here and the tentative schedule for the camp here.  For more information or to volunteer with Camp Imagination, please send email to Amanda Talbot.