The church held its first music, art and drama camp this summer.
Lakewood Ranch Baptist Church combined the activities of summer camp with life-skills education during its first summer camp this year.
The church had offered vacation Bible school in the past, but this year it offered something new: MAD (music, art and drama) camp. During the program, children got to participate in a play, learn how to play musical instruments and also make art and woodworking projects. Before the daily activities start, however, volunteers teach the children about a life skill, such as patience, responsibility or giving.
"Life skills are important... not only here at church," said Jessica Stack, the kindergarten through fifth grade director. "It carries over to all aspects of their life."