Rainbow Days dedicated to building kids’ confidence

By Sharon Adams

Rainbow Days’ Camp Bravo! welcomes more than 300 children from local homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional living sites and motels for two weeks of visual and performing arts learning experiences at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. 

 Camp Bravo! gives homeless children ages 4 to 12 the opportunity to spend time away from the shelter and discover new talents, explore the arts and have the unforgettable experience of performing live onstage. Cultural artists for Camp Bravo! are sponsored by the Community Artists Program (CAP), a program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. This year’s CAP classes and assemblies include drumming, visual arts, dance, acting and other cultural arts experiences. Additionally, other local artists and instructors will teach campers music, cooking, video production and more.

Photo courtesy of Rainbow Days

A highlight of Camp Bravo! will be a special performance held the last day of each session on Friday, July 12, and Friday, July 26, at 1:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Children will have the chance to shine onstage during a live performance alongside children’s performing artist Eddie Coker (pictured above). During the show, the kids will wear colorful T-shirts and accessories and carry circus-themed props as they dance and sing in front of an audience filled with their fellow campers as well as Rainbow Days supporters.

At Camp Bravo!, each child will also participate in Rainbow Days’ Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program, an award-winning social-emotional learning program that helps children build and develop important coping, decision-making and life skills, such as how to resist negative peer pressure, make healthy choices and set goals for the future. Throughout the week, campers will also benefit from the guidance of caring adult mentors who serve as group leaders.