Archive for February, 2010

Feb

26

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Planning for Team Assistants

We wanted to remind you about our new Team Assistant Program that we are launching this summer. Who are you going to bring? Remember they must be registered to attend camp just like any other camper and be sure to include their information on the participant form found within your specific Group Leader Information. For more info on our Team Assistant Program- – CLICK HERE

Andy Dukes

Andy serves as Event Coordinator for LifeWay Kids. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. He served on summer staff (Crosspoint & CentriKid) for 7 summers and moved full-time at LifeWay in 2008. Andy's wife, Meghan, is a 2nd grade teacher and they attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville, TN where he serves both on the worship team and also as a community group leader.

Feb

24

2010

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Top 5 “Check It Outs!”

Only 93 days until the camp season kicks off, are you ready?

Group leader information for 2010 is available online by clicking here. Not only can you download three of the coolest new videos to promote camp, but you can get the up-to-date details for your week of camp.

Top 5 Things to Check Out in Group Leader Information:

1. The play-by-play of the daily schedule – it’s so detailed, you’ll feel like you live the week of camp while you read it.

2. The brand new Team Assistant Program – Let two of your best high school juniors or seniors join you at camp as adult sponsors AND get a behind-the-scenes look at what being a camp staffer looks like.

3. The also NEW participant form – you only have to get ONE copy of it notarized! (Also check out the Compliance Form and remember you only need one for your church…)

4. The Missions Information – so you and your church group can set a goal and get excited about reaching that goal!

5. The super exciting Bible Study focus for the week: Bon Appetit: God’s Recipe for Your Life. We are talking about how we are children of God and are adopted, being changed, and unique.

So, go ahead, check it out. Just don’t forget to check back before camp begins. We will update the group leader information with any changes or anytime we know more information that we can get to you guys.

Mary Carlisle

Mary is a University of Mobile grad, with a BA in English and Theology. She worked with CentriKid Camp starting as a staffer in 2007 and began working in the camp office in 2010. She joined the VBS team in November of 2012.

Feb

22

2010

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2010 Camp Prep 101: A New Look at Fundraising

Many folks get started with fund-raising for camp as the weather starts warming up.  Last week, the CentriKid Facebook page mentioned the timely idea of a carwash after of all the snow thats been coming through the South.

Use your creativity to plan a fun fundraiser.  Ideas and inspiration are everywhere…from old to new.

  • bake sales
  • bike-a-thon / walk-a-thon
  • baby-sitting services
  • pink flamingos … we’ve all had to pay to get them out of our yard at some point
  • rummage sales
  • and here’s a NEW one:  Plan a church-wide event to play The Official OMC Game, but request donations from church members to participate (or require donations from them if they want to get out of playing!)

We wanna hear about other fund-raising ideas that your group plans to use this year.  But I wanna encourage you to use fundraisers to do more than just raise funds.

 

5 ways to be intentional with fundraising:

  1. Use Fundraisers to get kids excited about camp.  Talking about camp can heat up a cold night in February or March.  Make sure kids and/or parents know why they are helping raise funds.  The focus may be on camp, but you can also raise awareness of the other cool things happening in your children’s ministry.
  2. Use Fundraisers to remind parents to pay their deposits.  Sometimes parents need a little reminder to get their deposits turned in to you, so why not give them a quick reminder that camp is coming like a bake sale or car wash.
  3. Use Fundraisers to help fill your spots.  There may be some kids you can get plugged in to camp by plugging them in to a fun fundraiser.  Kids who aren’t “regulars” but may be on the “fringe” of your group or maybe joined the church since camp last year are great candidates to fill those extra spaces you paid deposits for but don’t have filled yet.  (by the way, if you need MORE spots than you reserved, call us at 1-877-CAMP-123)
  4. Use Fundraisers to gather prayer supporters.  We’ve all seen God do amazing things in the lives of kids (and adults) at camp, so let the church body begin to pray for your week of camp in anticipation of what God will do.  Let your supporters know that CentriKid will engage campers with what it means to be a child of God, and ask them to pray for those who will choose to begin that relationship for the very first time at camp this summer.
  5. Use Fundraisers to build group unity.  Not all the kids know each other, so include a name game or group builder with your fundraiser and camp meetings.  Coming to camp with friends makes the experience even better.

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

2010 CAMP PREP 101 :: Know your colors!

This summer, we’ll introduce a fun, new aspect of CentriKid Recreation!  Each grade level will have a specific color (rather than crazy group names from years past).  Campers will participate in Bible Study and Recreation with their TEAM, led by their TEAM LEADER (and team assistants from time to time). At OMC on Thursday, all the teams within each specific color will combine to compete as one group, made up of every kid in their grade!

WHAT I NEED TO DO?
Have your campers pack a shirt, or clothing, for their grade-specific color.  You can also pack additional face paint, colored hair spray, crazy fun clothes, or whatever else you’d like to use to get your kids all decked out.  They will wear their COLOR on Thursday at OMC (during Recreation).

WHAT’S THE COLOR BREAKDOWN?

3rd Grade = YELLOW
4th Grade = GREEN
5th Grade = BLUE
6th Grade = RED

“Grade” indicates grade COMPLETED, not entering!
ADULTS = ORANGE

Don’t worry, we’ll have CentriKid OMC shirts for sale in the CentriKid Store for just $10, available in each of the 4 kid colors… So, if your 4th graders are short on Green Clothes… just send them with $10 to the camp store and VOILA! they’re are all decked out for OMC!

Comment with any questions you may have, or great ideas that other group leaders can use!

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Feb

10

2010

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Provide an Experience

I don’t drink coffee but I like to go to Starbucks.  Something about the soft chairs, unique shopping, and cozy environment just makes me want to spend time there.  It has been said that Starbucks doesn’t just sell coffee, they sell an experience.

At CentriKid Camps we believe that part of our promise to provide Kid-Friendly Programming means that we give time and attention to enhance the “look” of all that we provide in the CentriKid experience.  Technology is the language of kids today, so design is important to us from the camper’s Bible study books to stage sets & lighting.  Ultimately, we believe that all these things help to reach kids where they are and make the message of Christ clear to them.

I recently attended a conference led by Daniel Pink author of the book “A Whole New Mind”.    Daniel stressed the importance of “right brain” thinking and how significant it is to consider design principles and the visual aspect of our work.  Kids and their parents care more about the look of our work and buildings than we sometimes realize.  It doesn’t have to just be “going to a classroom” but church can be an engaging experience.

What do you do to provide an experience for kids in your ministry?

 



Feb

8

2010

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“It was better than Disney World”

We love to hear stories about what God does through camp. Here’s one from one of our Day After Thanksgiving winners from FBC Carrollton:

“My church group has attended Camp CentriKid for 2 years.  I never could have imagined two years ago how camp would change our children’s ministry.  Before CentriKid, our girls went a camp, but the boys in our church did not.  One of my goals 2 years ago was to find a camp that both our boys and girls could attend together so that they could grow together as a church group while they grew in their faith and closer to Christ. 

Then, in God’s perfect way, a flyer showed up in my mailbox for CentriKid.  It looked like all I had been wanting in a camp, so we signed up.  After that first year at camp, my children were hooked.  They experienced God like never before that week.  They told me things like: “It was the best week of my summer”, “It was better than Disney World” and my favorite “I have never felt closer to God than I did that week.”  Needless to say, the children talked about returning to camp all year.

Here are some examples of how our camp experience changed the children (and even adults!) in our church group:

  • The female chaperones, including myself, try to have lunch or dinner once a month to catch up and get advice from each other.  We talk about how to be good Christian leaders even when it’s not easy to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  We ask advice about how to raise our children (from temper tantrums to dating and everything in between) so they will grow in their love of the Lord and live out their faith.
  • The girls became very close friends at camp.  They made up nicknames for each other, and their own “handshake” greeting.  Their close friendship continued after camp.  It turned their “church friends” into a “church family” which is so important to have!
  • I have had more than one parent tell me their child came back from camp changed… they are more responsible, more spiritual.
  • Even though none of my children accepted Christ while at camp, 2 of our campers made that decision a month afterwards.  

I continue to see God working in these children’s lives.  Some children come back from camp with a desire to come to church every Sunday, others want to continue their daily devotional time, other children start bringing friends to church.”

Mary Carlisle

Mary is a University of Mobile grad, with a BA in English and Theology. She worked with CentriKid Camp starting as a staffer in 2007 and began working in the camp office in 2010. She joined the VBS team in November of 2012.

Feb

5

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Judge a Book by its Cover

Recently I was at the funeral of a dear friend’s wife.  He shared the story of when they first met.  It seems he was driving down the road…saw her…stopped to talk…and the rest is history.  When ask why he stopped in the first place, he looked up and said “she was a looker!”

My mother always said “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Great wisdom for each of us especially when talking about people however, most of us still do it anyway even though we know that first impression might not always be right.

When talking about the books we read, the stores we shop at, and the churches we attend the first impression is sometimes the only one that matters…because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

If what you provide doesn’t look relevant then people will assume it isn’t.



Feb

2

2010

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On Hold?

It’s that time… CAMP DEPOSITS ARE DUE!

Have you tried to call and pay your deposits for CentriKid?  Are you sitting on hold… waiting, waiting, waiting?  If you called yestereday or today, the answer is probably “YES” and that’s because everyone else is trying to call and pay deposits for camp as well. We appreciate your patience as our events registration team works hard to serve as many folks as possible!  Here are some answers to your questions while you wait…

WILL THEY GIVE AWAY MY SPOTS TODAY? No. We won’t give away your spots just yet.  You will need to pay your deposit to keep those spots.  As long as you get your deposits in this week, you can count on keeping all of your spots.

CAN I PAY ONLINE?  Why yes, you sure can!  Login HERE and take care of the payment online.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CHANGE MY NUMBER OF CAMPERS? You’ll need to call in to make that change.

WILL THEY AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE MY LIFEWAY ACCOUNT? No, we will not automatically charge your deposits on your LifeWay account.  You will need to either go on-line and do this, or call us.

SHOULD I HANG UP AND CALL BACK? Calls are answered in the order they are received.  If you hang up, you give up your place in line and start all over again… so we recommend staying on the phone if you can!

WHAT TIME SHOULD I CALL? Our events registration team is available from 8am until 5pm Central Time.  However, phones are usually busier during the middle of the day.

 

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.