Trietsch partners with Wesley-Rankin each year to provide a 4 day hands-on summer enrichment camp for students entering grades 1-8th. These kids are bussed each day from a low income area of West Dallas to attend Trietsch's MAD Camp. MAD Camp provides these kids with access to music, the arts, mentorships, science and first-time experiences. The children LOVE the time spent at Trietsch due to the loving volunteers and all of the dynamic, new experiences. Many of these kids have had their first exposure to things such as guitar, woodworking and cooking at Trietsch. These are opportunities they never would have been able to experience without the amazing lessons taught by volunteers at MAD Camp.
We hope that you have a heart for the kids of West Dallas, too. We would love for you to join us the week of MAD Camp at Trietsch as a volunteer. No skill is required. You just need to be willing to love on the kids and help them move from activity to activity.
MAD FOR JESUS CAMP - JUNE 24-27, 10am - 2:30pm
This fun week of service consists of 3 programs and a delicious lunch for around 200 Wesley-Rankin campers
- Elementary MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Rotation
- Middles School Activities (electives - do you have something you'd like to teach?)
- High School Bible Study and Service Opportunities
Please volunteer for any of the following jobs:
- SHEPHERDS (Need 35+/day. Monday – Thursday - 9:30 – 2:30. Sign up for 1 or more days for elementary/middle school shepherd and guide kids, join activities, and get to know them.
- KITCHEN HELP: help cook and serve food for Elementary, Middle School and High School campers. Key Contact Anila Dhanam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY LEADER: Have a skill/talent/hobby? Share it with a group of Middle Schoolers. Sign-up to teach a 45 minute or 90 minute; 1 time only, of more if you can. We need 30-40 different opportunities over 3 days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) to provide variety. Past examples: Sewing; Cupcake decorating; Cooking; Holy Yoga; Canvas Art; Crochet; Mosaic Art; weaving; cheerleading. Contact Ashley Henson at email@example.com or 214-417-7331 with your ideas and willingness to support. ***NOTE: As of May 22, we have all MS Leaders identified.
- FINANCIAL DONATIONS: MAD camp is partially funded through donations. Just indicate MAD CAMP in the memo section. For personal donations or non-cash donations, the Finance director can provide donation tax forms.
- Above all PRAYER. We are developing relationships between our communities and sharing the Love of Jesus. Pray for the kids and staff at Wesley-Rankin Community Center, the volunteers, good weather, safe travels each day, peace, joy and fun.
With any questions, contact Pam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-535-4448.
Read the below story to learn more about the impact of MAD Camp.
Randee Paraskevopoulos talked to MAD for Jesus servants about their experience last summer with Wesley-Rankin kids.
"Thank you for teaching me about Jesus."
"Thank you for letting me pray."
"Thank you for loving me."
"This program was one of the most spiritually rewarding gifts I’ve experienced," said Pam Taylor, the director of the annual MAD Camp at Trietsch.
MAD camp 2014 was Pam’s first experience with MAD – Music, Arts & Drama – Camp, when she served with the second graders. "I fell in love with them," she admits. So much so that when Kim Beck told her she was stepping down as camp director after four years, Pam stepped up as director in 2015.
Trietsch hosted between 157-173 first-eighth graders that week, in addition to their Americorps teachers. A dozen Wesley-Rankin high schoolers came on Wednesday and Thursday to help in the Trietsch kitchen, unload and load drums, set up over 200 chairs for the closing program. They also served Kids Eat Free both days!
Each day included music, art and drama sessions for all the children, followed by an amazing homemade lunch from the "Loving Kitchen Crew" led by Jan Deering. Victor Lozada and Dani Doak coordinated the music rotation; Jean DeFord and Jacqui Russell headed up the Art sessions, and Kim Beck led the drama time. These are just a few of the many programs Wesley-Rankin kids were exposed to.
Trietsch first got involved five years ago, when a church that had committed to go and hold a camp there pulled out at the 11th hour, recalls Rev. Karen Chraska. Sarah Squires, then director of Wesley-Rankin, had ties to Trietsch, so she called and asked if we could bring a music camp to them. "We said, 'we need to do this,'" Karen said. "So we stepped in, and our congregation rallied. We also decided it would be much easier to do the camp here. Wesley-Rankin was able to get the kids here, and so MAD Camp at Trietsch was born."
Cindy Gullo, a volunteer with the third and fourth graders, said, "Watching the kids touch the musical instruments, some for the first time, was amazing. I was extremely moved by it."
Pam said. "As a first-time leader, I really wanted to understand the pros and cons of this program because it was not fully budgeted. But I have to say, after seeing the comments of the kids, the appreciation of the Wesley-Rankin staff, and the smiles on everyone’s faces during the week – I don’t know how we could refrain from giving this gift of love to our neighbors in West Dallas."