By Kaytrina Curtis, Hunter Public AffairsJuly 3, 2008
FORT STEWART, GA -- School is out and summer is here but some school-age students on Hunter Army Airfield did not take a break from learning. Instead, 65 children attended a week-long Vacation Bible School June 23-27 at the post's main chapel.
During times of deployments and redeployments, children had the chance to take their minds off of sometimes one or more of their parent's absence and took the opportunity to kick back and enjoy fun in the sun. The goal of the week's activities was to reach out to the parents and children in the community.
Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy Crawley, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, said the vacation bible school is almost a legacy. His mission is to teach the students about God.
"There is a God who loves them," he said. "One of the key ways that God loves them is through those around them."
Each morning, volunteers and students, opened with singing and dancing to bible based music, songs and prayer.
Teenagers, Family members and Soldiers volunteered and taught classes such as arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, bible study, and biblical sign language. The children are not the only recipients of the reward that volunteering can bring. Pvt. 1st Class Travis Franke, United States Army garrison, Rigger Platoon, who was in charge of the outdoor action, stated that even with the high temperatures nothing could be better than volunteering to help other Soldier's Families.
"The Army has several opportunities to volunteer all over post," Franke said. "Just a little bit of time out of your day could help out your buddy's Families who are overseas. Just that little bit of extra time on your part could do a lot."
Hunter Youth Ministries Coordinator, Charles Archer, said he teaches the youths lessons in morals, respect and ethics. "It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and joy to see the kids grow and understand the Word of God and to also understand how to respect each other in their community," said Archer.
Although vacation bible school is held only once a year, there are other activities offered throughout the year, such as children's church, youth ministries activities, which is bowling, movies and outings around the city of Savannah.
For more information on Youth Ministries and the planned activities contact Charles Archer at 315-5934.