Club Butterfly is a place where special needs kids can be simply kids! Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, their passion is to love campers and their families with the love of Christ and inspire them to do things they never thought possible.
Club Butterfly was founded by Anya Sergeeva and a team of friends in 2002. Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, the purpose of camp is to love disabled children and their families with the love of Christ while giving their campers the chance to just be a kid for a week.
Inspired by the example of Camp Barnabas in Purdy, Missouri, campers experience one-on-one attention from their counselor throughout the week. Activities include ropes course, orienteering, camping, drama, arts and crafts, horseback riding, cooking, dancing, music, soccer (football in Russian!), and model rocket making! Throughout the year, Anya and her team of counselors arrange special outings and activities for the camp family. Traditionally the group meets for Russian Christmas and Easter, and they aim to do fun things like outings to the zoo or park as well.
Our dream is to have an in-depth, year-round ministry to these families and to build a home where many of the children could live in adulthood. Camp has grown from four children to over 20 since its inception. God has given the growth, so we trust Him for the future. "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it." Our prayer is that one day, we will be able to build this home, but in the meantime, camp continues to grow, and lives are affected in a deep and meaningful way.
Click through the photo gallery above to see photos of Club Butterfly's Easter play and recent summer camp, "The Queen's Detective Academy!"
You can learn more about Anya, Club Butterfly's founder, in Chapter 2: Anya of Babochka in Blake Purcell's 2016 publication Jubilee: