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#039;Amazing Grace#039; camp to get youth praying along

Amazing Grace Day Camp is coming back to Ironton for a third year.

The camp, hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Church, is a cooperative effort with The Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio.

"They provide a free daycamp to communities in southeastern Ohio focusing on areas that are economically deprived," Pastor Mike Poole said.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries bring in counselors for the camp from all over the world.

Poole said most are international students in college. He said last year one counselor came from South Korea.

There is a different focus each year, this year's is prayer.

Poole said the youth wil do crafts and have a deed for the day that all relate back to prayer.

Additionally, they play games, sing songs, get two snacks and a lunch.

"They do just about anything you can do inside and outside,"Poole said.

The kids also get a bible, two T-shirts and a newsletter.

"We send home a newsletter everyday with pictures showing what they did that day," Monica Davidson, coordinator for the camp at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The camp is open to all children in the community entering first through seventh grades.

Forty children participated last year from the area, Poole said it was a mix of youth at his church and from the community. He said they would like to have more this year.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries does a free camp at 15 to 20 churches in Southeastern Ohio. Last year 706 children attended the different camps.

The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 27 to July 1 at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 101 S. Sixth St.

To register call the church at 532-4727 or come June 27 at 8:30 a.m.