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Rater’s Comments

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The Research Topic:

Three raters designed a summer camp for two children, both girls, ages 9 and 11. Camp activities were based around the Quote:


Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee.

Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me.

For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed my favor upon thee.

Baha’u’llah in The Hidden Words, Arabic 11


The Research Question:

How do the children, ages 9 and 11, respond to this Quote and its related activities: With little (E= below 2.0), mild (E=2.0) or great interest E= 2.5 or better)? (E = Emotional rating. See rating scales on website)


The Rater’s Comments:

Would you recommend a summer camp designed on the Quote from Hidden Words Arabic 11 for children ages 9-11?


Rater One: I felt this Hidden Word was a good guiding Quote to be used as a basis for a summer camp. It definitely touched the girl’s hearts, particularly on the final day when it was all brought together by doing the service project. Service helped solidify the Message from the Quotes. The whole camp experience brought the counselors and students together. In addition I found it helpful to have additional activities as a back-up – particularly if the student’s days are extended or if interest varies.

Overall rating given: E = 3.0


Rater Two: I definitely felt the camp was a good experience for both the students and the counselors. I felt the meditation “God’s Streaming Light” was a high point for everyone. The skits seemed to be a well-loved artistic outlet. I would recommend a camp based on this Hidden Word for this age child (9-12). The topic lent itself to a variety of focuses that captivated interest for this age.

Overall rating given: E = 2.8


Rater Three: As a presenter I would recommend the Hidden Word Arabic 11 when designing meditations for children ages 9-11. The Words can easily be translated into practical concepts and activities to allow the children to meditate on Them. I felt that an over-all E rating rather than one related to a particular Quote ( there were several used) could be given. All experiences seem to blend in to support one another. A strong focus was maintained throughout the camp.

Overall rating given: E = 2.5 + 

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