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Sioux Falls, SD

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JUMPin' with Character


JUMPin' with Character

Amanda Barton

JUMP! That’s what the kids we serve love to do and our last JUMP kept our volunteers JUMPing too! A day filled with over 50 children exploring and discovering through crafts, outdoor play, science projects, home-made happy meals, indoor bikes, edible play-doh, flag football and of course the beauty room!

One step inside the ever-busy craft room and you were taken aback by the calmness and perseverance of kids and volunteers so engaged in wrapping wooden letters with yarn.  One highly active child sat in a bean bag chair and calmly wrapped yarn around his letter with determination until he finished. 

The day’s theme was built around TRUST. The focused time and attention our volunteers are able to give the kids in this one day is a tangible way the kids begin to understand trust. Time and again, kids were asking for specific adults to go play outside with them or paint their nails or play catch. Throughout the course of the day 44 volunteers gave of their time using their gifts to engage with the kids! 

Our BOOMERANG and CLIMB teens and tweens had the opportunity to put their leadership skills to action and did a great job presenting a Character-on-Track Trust Lesson to the older kids. However, with the beautiful weather outside, one child really wanted to go outside instead of hearing the character speaker.  After trying to convince him to go outside with no success, another volunteer noticed the coordinator’s predicament and asked the young man if he wanted to go check out the character speaker before playing outside with him.  He went with no problem.  Our volunteers are a great team and each one brings different strengths to the day camp!

A special thank you to the Sioux Valley Optimist of Sioux Falls for their generous donation and sponsorship of our September JUMP! If you'd like to JUMP in too, contact JUMP Coordinator Emily at 605-271-8142 or