Interlakes’ youth group, Kids Space, which is sponsored by the Cariboo Presbyterian Church, provided 18 youngsters with a whale of a vacation at Interlakes Hall during the last week of July.
Thanks to a $630 grant from the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre in 100 Mile House, the group was able to purchase a program. In the past, they have always written it themselves.
Entitled “Weird Animals—Jesus’ love is one of a kind,” the story identifies with various people, telling them that He loves them and is always there for them.
Axol, an axolotl salamander from Mexico, defined the one “who is different;” Fern, the leafy sea dragon (who looks like a fish) defined the one who is “afraid;” Milton, the star-nosed mole was the one who was “left out;” Shred, the tenrec (like a hedgehog) was the one who “doesn’t understand;” and Iggy, the frilled lizard, defined the one who has “done wrong.”
Celia Visscher’s grandchildren, Jackie, Jackson and Jonathon were the work crew, and her granddaughter, 15-year-old Darby Howard, provided the music.
“They were wonderful,” said spokesperson Elaine Adams, “a huge help, and they did everything we asked with a smile. And we were delighted that several visiting children, either residents’ grandchildren or tourists’ children, joined us for the fun.”
Kids Space is also most grateful to adult helpers: Elaine Adams, Cathy Cant, Deidre Davis, Celeste Faessler, Arlene Henzel, Pat Lytton and Celia Visscher.
Kids Space’s upcoming meeting dates are: Sept. 19; Oct. 3, 17 and 31 (with a stall at the Haunted Halloween Stables); Nov. 14 and 28; and Dec. 5.
Teen Space, for those aged 12 and up, meets for a camp-out at Sheridan Acres on Sept. 5-7; Oct. 4; Nov. 7 and Dec. 6.
All children and youth are welcome to participate.
Diana Forster is the Interlakes correspondent.