Camp Noah

2 weekends of fun and healing for children impacted by the 2019 floods and/or COVID-19.

When: September 25th and 26th & October 2nd and 3rd, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: St.John the Baptist School, Plattsmouth, Cass County NE
Who: Children Age 5 – 12 residing in Nebraska & Iowa
Cost: FREE with Breakfast and Lunch included
Transportation: May be available for children and volunteers
Questions? Contact Darla at 402-253-1993 or casscnty.ltrgcm@gmail.com

Online Registration has closed. To register Text CAMP NOAH to 402-302-0286
This to ensure we have sufficient volunteers/transportation.

About Camp Noah

This program will be a 2-weekend day camp for elementary-aged children impacted by disaster and/or trauma (which means all children age 5-12 are eligible as COVID-19 has touched all our lives). Screened and trained, caring volunteers will provide a safe, fun atmosphere for children to tell their stories, face their fears, grieve their losses, build resiliency skills and find hope for the future. Understanding that children have different skill and comfort levels, every child’s unique gifts and talents will be celebrated. Children will be encouraged to participate and share as they feel comfortable. This project – Camp Noah will support the emotional recovery of disaster-impacted communities by providing resources that help children and communities build resilience and preparedness skills and restore hope.

Why This is so Important

In 2019, Nebraska experienced historic flooding, causing disaster and trauma to many of its residents including children. COVID-19 has since compounded trauma for these children. Remote learning has added stress to families struggling to recover, maintain employment and supervise their child’s education. Of all people affected by disaster, experts say that children are among the most emotionally vulnerable. Children may react to the trauma they have experienced with fear, sadness, grief, nightmares, fighting, or worries about the weather.

About the Curriculum & Activities

The curriculum is secular and will be delivered in a local school. It consists of multiple sessions, with each session building on the previous ones. Sessions include a variety of activities, including small groups, large group time (which involves music, skits and puppet shows), crafts and recreation. A team of volunteers certified to accompany participants through an intentional process that enables the children to process their disaster and/or trauma experiences. This program is designed to give them space and time necessary to tell their stories and build resiliency skills. Children who attend Camp Noah learn to identify safe spaces, share stories and feel more prepared for disasters. Additionally they learn strategies to relax, feel more prepared to handle stressful situations, identify themselves as unique and special, and develop hopes and dreams for their future.

Parent Involvement – Notable dates

Sep 19, 6 – 7 pm. An initial parent discussion will be taking place at St.John the Baptist School in Plattsmouth before camp for parents to ask questions and understand a little about Camp Noah. Dinner will be provided. This will also be an opportunity for children attending to get to know some of the volunteers and the location at which the camp will be held.

Oct 2, 9 – 11:30. A second parent discussion will take place on the 2nd Saturday kids are at camp. This discussion will delve deeper into Camp Noah and how parents can help their children after camp completion.

COVID-19 Information

All participants including children, parents, volunteers and staff will need to wear a mask during programing, training and parent discussions. Masks and hand sanitisers will be provided throughout the program and volunteers will be checking all participants temperatures at the beginning of each day. This is especially important as we are bringing multiple communities together in one space.

Limited Spots so Sign up!

Registration is Now Open!

Need help registering? Follow these instructions or call 402-253-1993

Get Involved

Staff and Volunteer Opportunities

The Roles: If you believe in making a difference in children’s lives then there is a role for you! Here is a list of some of the roles, with many of them overlapping. Don’t see one that matches you but still want to help – don’t hesitate to apply! (Time Commitment).

Volunteer Training required for those attending 1+ day : In-person: Plattsmouth NE September 19th 2 – 6 pm. OR Virtual: Online portal.

  • Large-Group Lead – Lead the entire group in activities (4 days)
  • Small-Group Lead – Lead smaller groups that are typically divided by age range for programming (4 days)
  • Small-Group Support – Support the Small Group leads (1 day)
  • Kitchen Lead – Prepare and serve lunch (2 hours)
  • Kitchen Support – Support the Kitchen Lead (2 hours)
  • Recreational Lead – Drives play and games (overlaps) (1 day)
  • Music Lead – Drives music and dance (overlaps) (1 day)
  • Actors – For puppet shows, skits, Noah role – (overlaps) (1 day)
  • Registration/Greeters – Help when kids are getting dropped off and/or picked up (overlaps) (1 hour)

Questions? Contact Jon at jon@onelifene.com or 402-305-0396

Meal Schedule

Call 402-253-1993 if you or your group is interested in providing a meal.

DateTime Meal is ServedAnticipated Serving Capacity
Group Signed Up
Sunday, Sep 196 pm20 Children
30 Adults
One Life Church - Pizza
Saturday, Sep 2512:30 pm20 Adults
Sunday, Sep 2612:30 pm50 Children
20 Adults
First Presbyterian Church - Crockpots and dishes buffet.
Saturday, Oct 212:30 pm50 Children
20 Adults
Sunday, Oct 312:30 pm50 Children
20 Adults
Hosanna Lutheran Church serving Hotdogs and Burgers.

Community Support

We’re looking for community support in other ways.

Are you able to provide an in-kind donation such as food materials or transportation? Reach out to Darla at 402-253-1993 now!

Our Donors, Partners and Supporters for Camp Noah

Thank you to the following organizations and businesses without whom we wouldn’t be able to provide this important program.

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Nebraska Synod ELCA logo

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