This year marks 200 years since the Birth of The Bab, the prophet and founder of the Babi Faith and the forerunner and herald of Baha'u'llah. All communities around the world are engaged in preparations for this historic celebration. The Baha'i Council has chosen the theme of the Dawn Breakers for this summer school in order enhance the participants' capacities in preparation for the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Birth of the Báb. It is hoped that by starting the process of studying this book, it will renew zeal and perseverance in our teaching efforts as we approach the Bicentenary. These stories can aid the friends in their conversations when describing the luminary lives of the Báb and His companions, His mission, and the sacrifices they carried out to usher the path for the new Revelation of God. "The ...book will show you how the Faith was ushered into the world and how its early adherents heroically faced martyrdom and suffering in their desire to establich the Cause throughout the world". (Shoghi Effendi)
The camp will offer a program on the same theme for adults and youth, for junior youth (11-14) and for children (ages 5-10). The participants will be accommodated on bunk beds in the dorm with some room for families camping with tents. We are keeping the costs low ($25.00 per participant) but service will be high--helping to bring food organized by the meals coordinator, food preparation, and helping clean the Centre throughout and at the end of camp.
All age groups will participate together in an art project with artist Garry Berteig in three sessions during the weekend.
A very important aspect of the school is the spirit of community that it creates among the participants. Key to creating a healthy spiritual environment will be the devotional character of the school and the willingness of the participants to; engage in all the activities, demonstrate a spirit of service and aspire to material and spiritual excellence.
PLEASE READ AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY AGREES TO THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT AND THEN REGISTER
I/we (each of the members of my family) have read and discussed the participation agreement and convey our commitment to it as part of the registration process.
In contributing to the creation of the spirit of community in the Summer School and the creation of a safe and healthy spiritual environment, we agree to:
^ Participate in all of the scheduled activities and service components in a spirit of excellence and service, as organized by the coordinating team.
^ Maintain this same spirit during all breaks and unscheduled time.
^ We understand that space at the Sylvan Lake Baha’i Centre is limited and that our commitment is for the entire two-day program
^ That there is no program for children under 5.
^ That Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member or a designated responsible adult.
^ We acknowledge that the costs for attending the school are kept low and cover maintenance and utilities for the Sylvan Lake Baha'i Centre but that we are expected to contribute towards the meals (food or funds) in consultation with the Meals Coordinator following our registration as part of our service commitment.
What to bring: sleeping bags or bedding, pillow, towels, (musical instrument?) Notebook, prayer book, and your contribution to the meal plan (The Meals Coordinator will contact you about these arrangements)
When to arrive: between 8 - 8:30 AM on Saturday.