Summer Camp Alverna is a day camp, which takes place for five days in August. It offers children from the city of Syracuse an opportunity to connect with Godís creation and learn about nature, peacemaking and caring for the earth. The camp is free of charge and provides children with a chance to meet new friends, participate in outdoor activities, do nature crafts and have fun!
Volunteers of all ages from teens to senior citizens plan and execute the activities. All activities are infused with the Franciscan value of caring for our earth. Everyday the children participate in four morning activities such as conflict resolution, a nature craft (making bird houses), an outdoor activity (i.e. pond ecology), and swimming. The afternoon includes a special event (storyteller, African drummer, birds of prey) and more swimming. The children are given a nutritious breakfast and lunch prepared by the volunteers.
The camp is funded by donations. Schools in the area held dress down days with the proceeds going to the camp. Individuals can send a child to camp for a donation of $50.
Besides summer Camp Alverna, a fall and winter camp day have been added. The children participate in activities appropriate for the season. This past fall there was a habitat hike, pumpkin decorating, and nature journaling. The winter day included snowshoeing.