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Weeklong camps in Winchester this summer

It might not feel like it now, but summer is around the corner. School will be out and parents who work will wonder what to do with their children.

An answer can be found in Winchester. Enter SASH — Summer at Sacred Heart — with up to 300 youths ages 3-14; 30-40 instructors; more than 69 weekly camps for nine weeks June 24-Aug. 23; and before and after care available. It aims to fill the gaps for parents looking for affordable childcare and education for their children.

Modeled after a program at St. John Francis Regis Church in Hollywood, Md., Father Bjorn C. Lundberg, pastor, was excited to bring it to Sacred Heart Church and Academy. He learned of it during a presentation at a workshop for priests.

Father Lundberg said the camp has been well received, with nearly 80 children signed up already. “Parishioners have been donating materials for the camps,” he said. “We are reaching out to other parishes and schools to participate.”

Director Susan Netko is passionate about education. A teacher for 13 years and principal for 10, most recently at Sacred Heart Academy, Netko was excited to work full-time to get this camp off the ground.

“I discerned and prayed about becoming the director,” she said. “I hated to leave the academy but the transition to the assistant principal acting as interim principal went smoothly.” 

It seemed to be the right time for Netko to move into a new position. Father Lundberg said she was interested in developing the SASH program. After five years at the academy, there had been a lot of growth under her leadership as principal.

Netko said the camps are affordable for a child to attend a camp weekly, with good rates for extended day.

Camp choices include role playing, drama, arts and crafts, cooking, science, STEM and more. Instructors are rising high school seniors through college. Camps will run from 9:30 to noon, with extended care from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Instructors will have an opportunity for daily Mass and adoration.

“There is a leadership and formation opportunity for staff,” said Father Lundberg. “They get to run the camp, gain administrative experience but also get a daily presentation on an aspect of faith. There is an emphasis on forming friendships among staffers, as well.”

Find out more

Go to sashcamp.org or contact Susan Netko or Chris Ricketts at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester at 540/808-2736 or 540-662-5858.  


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019