Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Record number attends Camp St. Bernard

Seventy-five boys and girls from North Alabama are participating in the first week of summer camp located on the campus of St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman, AL. The first week, which is designed for youngsters ranging in age from seven to ten years of age, opened on Sunday, May 31st and will continue until Friday, May 5th. Two more weeks of summer camp will follow on June 7-12 and June 14-19 and are designed for 10-14 year olds.

Camp Director, John Arndt, said he is very pleased with the large number of participants this year. “It has been fantastic having a record number of campers” he said. “The kids are happy which speaks well for our counselors,” Arndt continued. “The campers are constantly on the move. As soon as one activity ends, everyone wants to know what the next activity is going to be.”

Camp Saint Bernard helps each individual camper gain skills that will enable him or her to achieve a strong sense of self. The campus is taught to be confidence and self-responsibility in a safe, enjoyable, and supervised setting.

One activity especially enjoyed by the campers was being marooned on the “lava boat.” Greyson Gerding, a first-year camper, said this has been his favorite activity during his first day. As Grayson explained “You have a board over four barrels and a gigantic stick. You have to push the stick, and move a barrel to the front without falling into the lava- which is really the grass.”

“One of the goals at Camp Saint Bernard is to provide a recreational environment in which campers can gain a deeper understanding of the manner in which they are related to their natural environment and their fellow man,” said John Arndt. “As stated by patron St. Bernard, a monk of the 12th century, ‘You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.’ "

Camp Saint Bernard offers day and boarding camps during the summer with each camp session lasting one week. June 7-12, and June 14-19 are camps with activities and sessions designated for 10-14 year olds. For more information contact John Arndt at 256-739-6682 or

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