What Is a Family?


By: Bradley Petrella

Assistant Site Leader- Bayside & Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church

Many of the children we serve come from multiple-sibling families and show up in groups of two, three, or four eager faces each day. Whether fairly new to the country or a familiar face at our camps, the families amaze our staff with the care shown between siblings. One family at Bayside includes three older boys and their 6-year-old sister who is at camp for the first year. As a beautiful example of sibling love, the older boys have always made sure to look out for their sister, sitting with her at lunch and being her partner during group activities.

In other situations, older children take special care of younger ones as if they were siblings. At Bayside, a 4-year-old boy with limited knowledge of English showed up right before lunch on his first day and could have been overwhelmed if not for the brotherly guidance of a 12-year-old friend. Despite not knowing Spanish, the 4 year-old’s primary language, the 12-year-old boy has seemingly adopted him as a brother at camp.


Our staff has grown fond of the special relationships so many of the siblings have with each other at our sites.   We are inspired by the way some non-family members treat each other like siblings.

Come experience the spirit of “family” that we are fostering daily this summer!

At SON Ministries, we build up COMMUNITY one respectful, empowering relationship at a time.

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