Baptist church schedules annual summer Day Camp

DeKALB – First Baptist Church of DeKalb announces its 37th annual day camp at Walker’s Farm. Day Camp will be July 15-19, with the theme Kingdom Chronicles.

Children entering grades 2 through 7 in the fall can learn about the armor of God from Ephesians chapter six and how they can be spiritually ready every day. Cost is $5 per camper. Camp starts at 9 a.m. with a general assembly, then breaks into activity groups by grade.

Activities include swimming, crafts, Bible lesson, games, missionary story and snack, and the day ends at 2:30 p.m. Kids bring their own lunch, except on Wednesday, when everyone enjoys roasting their own hot dog and eating corn on the cob.  

“The kids come for the outdoor activities, games, swimming, and find a message that stretches their spirits as well as their bodies,” camp director Bethany Macarus said. “Campers can’t wait to come back every year, and will miss other camps because Day Camp meets them in a way no other camp does.” 

Fred and Bonnie Walker have hosted the camp at their farm for 37 years. “Hundreds of kids have been introduced to Christ and strengthened in their faith at Day Camp,” Bonnie Walker said. “That’s why we do it year after year.”

Kids and adults love the singing and stories of Day Camp. Ruth Peterson, camp pastor, will teach about the Burmese kingdom and the first missionary there, Adoniram Judson. The offering will be given to Friends of Burma for its continued efforts to care for the people of Myanmar, formerly called Burma.

Peterson explained, “For about $10 each, we will provide reading glasses for Bible school and high school students who desperately need glasses but cannot afford them. These are mostly reading glasses, but mean the world to these people.”  

For directions, registration information, or a reasonable accommodation, call Macarus at 815-756-2114 or email

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