Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the annual Drumming Camp at St. Stephen’s, Millburn was a scaled-down event – two days instead of five, with about half as many campers and without many older volunteers. The Rev. Paula Toland reports that both days started with health screenings, and everyone followed the mask-wearing and physical-distancing requirements without complaints. The weather cooperated, so they spent nearly all their time outdoors under the tents, making crafts, dancing, playing safe outdoor games and sharing meals in addition to drumming. The campers went home with painted T-shirts, photos to share, a school backpack and some wonderful memories.
St. Stephen's Drumming Camp was established in 2013 in partnership with the diocesan Prison Ministry that advocates for restorative justice, interfaith programs, and personal healing for prisoners, their families, and communities.