A.R.E./Helena Patti Camp is operated by Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E. ®), a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), to research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams and dream interpretation, intuition, and philosophy and reincarnation. The center operates a full-day program for children ages 6 to 14 years for four weeks in the summer. The center is interracial, interfaith, and has children from varied backgrounds.
Precepts from the readings we have incorporated into Day Camp:
- Learning about God through nature:
When asked how children under 12 years could best understand God Cayce responded, "In nature. As the unfolding of that that is seen about the child itself, whether in the grasses, the flowers, the birds, or what; for each are an expression of the Creative Energies in its activity..." 5747-2. In accordance, high priority is placed on spending time outside with children- whether playing games, being quiet or learning about the plant and animal life around them.
- Using the power of attitudes and suggestion in a constructive manner:
Edgar Cayce was clear in stating that children very easily pick up on the attitudes of those around them and the environment of which they are a part. As such, the counselors are aware not only of what they say and do but how they speak and the intention behind their actions.
- Children are mature souls in immature bodies:
We recognize that each child possesses a soul, an innate wisdom and creativity that is beyond the physical. In our interactions with the campers we thus come from a place of equality and mutuality that still takes into account the immaturity of their bodies and minds.
- Make spiritual laws practical:
Though there are guiding spiritual principles we hold, children learn best by doing. We strive to draw out their creativity and awareness through art, music, drama, storytelling and constructive games.
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Patti Day Camp