Camp CORA makes a splash

What wasn’t to like about Camp CORA, a summer camp for kids in Philadelphia? Especially when the camp offered everything from performing arts to sports, spelling bees and creative crafts. Not to mention swimming to beat the heat!

CORA Services launched Camp CORA in four Philadelphia locations on June 30th and ran the camps through the early days of August. While loaded with fun activities, Camp CORA had a greater aim of introducing first through seventh grade youth to concepts of higher education. Campers were enrolled in all-day classes to develop skills in a discipline of their choice. The children showed mastery of their skills at a public graduation ceremony at the end of camp. Fashion, science and dance were among the favorite subjects. Camp CORA also involved family members as a way to promote family unity.

Camp CORA and family unity

“It’s a great feeling to see parents having fun with their children,” said LaVonda Barnes, camp manager.

“Some of the children we serve have never visited recreational places in the community, so we take them and their families there as part of the summer camp experience,” she said.

Camp CORA soon gave way to the back-to-school season, giving the children plenty of stories to share with their peers of how they spent their summer.

CORA Services opened its doors as a neighborhood counseling center in 1971 with support from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Today, CORA touches the lives of nearly 16,000 children and families each year. The ministry is rooted in the tradition of care and compassion. It assists children, youth and families who are experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity.

CORA Services is a sponsored ministry of Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. The ministry is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and provides an array of professional services focused on prevention, intervention, remediation and referral assistance. To learn more about CORA Services and other Good Shepherd ministries, check out our website’s ministry map and Ministries at a Glance page.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website