Two members of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton helped make a week of summer camp possible for 22 children who have parents in prison.
Camp Amazing Grace, in its third year, was held this month at the Bishop Claggett Center near Frederick. The Rev. Phebe McPherson, Epiphany's rector, is co-chairman of the Prison Ministry Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which sponsors the camp.
A member of the congregation, Maryellen Polvino-Bodnar, who was program director last year, coached the kids in fishing at the pond. The children also took part in a ropes challenge course, swimming, soccer, storytelling, magic, art, crafts and music.
The camp theme this year was "Make a Joyful Noise!" Funds, supplies and camp staff volunteers come from nearly 40 churches in the Maryland Diocese, including half a dozen in Anne Arundel County.
Cub Scout Pack 209, sponsored by Odenton Masonic Lodge 209 AF&AM, recently went on an Urban Pirate Adventure at Fells Point in Baltimore.
"We went aboard our pirate ship The Fearless and met the members of our crew including First Mate Peppercorn, Bountiful Bonnie and Red-eyed Sam. Our captain for the cruise was Cap'n Bones," said Debbie Huprich, pack committee chairman.
The boys and their families went on a one-hour adventure, touring the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry area on the pirate ship. The Scouts and their siblings fired water cannons at the tourists on the docks at the Inner Harbor, in preparation for fending off an attack by a marauding pirate in a red speed boat, who wanted to take their treasure.
The Cub Scouts and their siblings also learned how to tie some knots and learned some history about Baltimore and its shipbuilding past.
The Scouts and siblings learned some pirate songs and learned how to talk and act like pirates.
"They helped First Mate Peppercorn take our treasure back from Red-eyed Sam after Sam announced that he was actually Slippery Sam and was stealing the treasure from us," said Debbie.
Sibling Caitlyn Dye provided a drink for Sam, which turned him into a very friendly pirate and allowed the crew to take control of the treasure.
All-in-all, although the weather was 97 degrees, everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves.
Other activities Pack 209 has planned for August include white-water rafting in the Poconos, another week at Cub Scout Day Camp, the annual Raingutter Regatta, and camping at Gettysburg during the Labor Day Weekend.
If you are interested in joining Pack 209, or would like more information about the pack, contact Committee Chairman Debbie Huprich at 410-969-7414 , or visit twww.packsonline.com/MD/209.
Odenton Baptist Church, located at 8410 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton, is holding its Vacation Bible School from 6-9 p.m. July 27-31.
The theme this year is Summer Olympics. Lots of fun activities are planned with songs, treats and prizes.
For more information, call the church at 410-551-9852 .