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Christian Youth in Action (CYA) leader Jenny Barnett sings songs and raises her hands during the Bible teaching portion of the 5-Day Club vacation Bible school in Glenrock Town Park on Tuesday.

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Cinthia Stimson cinthia@glenrockind.com

Rambunctious, ear-splitting shouts and the high-pitched squeals of happy children filled the Glenrock Town Park Tuesday afternoon as small, pre-school-aged tykes to high school students chased one another across the grass, playing friendly games of freeze tag and catch.
The 5-Day Club – essentially a nondenominational vacation Bible school, was off and rolling on its second day with two-dozen youngsters taking part in the week-long activities from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We have games, a Bible lesson, mission story, songs and a memory verse that will teach the kids,” said Christian Youth in Action Child Evangelism Fellowship intern Robby Dulmus.
After a healthy lunch the CYAs  – Christian Youth in Action camp counselors, gathered up their charges and spent an hour running up and down and around the grass in energetic games.
In the meantime, two Glenrock girls – Sammie-jo Jenkins, 12, and her sister Alescia Jenkins, 14, stopped to talk about why they’re both spending a portion of their summer with the 5-Day Club program.
Alescia, who will be a sophomore this fall at Glenrock High School, said this is her second year in the club as a CYA.
“At first I kind of went to church. I went with a youth group that I belonged to, to Winter Blast in Casper. I thought to myself, ‘This is fun!’ So I decided to go to CYA. It has grown my faith in God,” she said.
Sammie-jo’s interest in becoming a CYA was piqued when her sister participated in the program. She’s starting seventh grade in August.
“I wanted to try this,” she said, “but not because my sister was doing it.”
Teaching little kids about Jesus is something Sammie-jo wants to do. She said some of them “may not even know about him. I want to teach them about him and stuff.”
Their bright smiles and enthusiasm were infectious, as several of the younger children came up to them begging for more of the girls’ attention.
McKenzie Wood and Delilah Schmidt are two other student CYAs from Glenrock, who are working elsewhere in Wyoming.
By 1 p.m., the children were led over to a huge, brightly-colored parachute that the teen counselors spread on the ground.
Sitting and facing the CYAs, the youngsters sang songs and followed finger play and hand movements, settling with their small hands clasped and little heads bowed during a short prayer.
Counselors took turns telling and acting out stories from the Bible, with the children listening and following along.
Lessons and songs will reinforce healthy values such as honesty, integrity, respect for authority, prayer and faith in God, said Child Evangelism Fellowship of Wyoming’s Central Chapter Director Tim Hickman.
“Every summer we have a 7-day training period on the campus of the Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange for our CYAs. Our entire team comes from four chapters in Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico to attend that training. Every year they have to attend that to become what we call the Christian Youth in Action,” he said.
The program’s goal is to reach kids who are “unchurched,” Hickman said – the ones who don’t go to church.
“Most of the ones coming in, don’t,” he said.
There’s still two days to join in the fun – and transportation is provided by contacting Dene Ryden at 307-554-0124.

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