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International Missions at CentriKid: What Can Money Buy?

This year at CentriKid, our international missions offering is going to the OneChild project in East Asia. Sometimes giving to a “missions offering” can seem so vague, can’t it? In order to break it down a little more, we wanted to share a few specific things your giving can help fund in East Asia. We know that kids are concrete learners, and often times can grasp the reality of their giving by understanding exactly what the money does. Here are a few things you can help to provide by giving to the missions offering this summer at camp:

$30 can provide one solar powered lamp for an orphanage room.
$20 can provide school supplies for two children.
$15 can provide shoes or clothing for one child.
$10 can feed one orphan for a month.
$5 can provide milk for one orphan for a month.

Every little bit helps meet the huge needs of orphans in East Asia and opens doors to share the love of Jesus. To learn more about this missions project, check out our blog post or visit OneChild’s website. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for more words from the IMB and begin to pray now for the hearts of the kids and missionaries in East Asia.

 

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

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Abandon It All

This summer will be my fourth summer working CentriKid and my first summer directing a CentriKid team. As I’ve been preparing for camp I’ve experienced an interesting combination of the familiarity of CentriKid, the excitement in knowing that the summer is rapidly approaching, and a fresh look at camp as I’m beginning this new position.

As with any new experience, uncertainty, nervousness and fear have crept into my thoughts from time to time as I’ve thought about my role for this summer. I will be leading a team of 31 other staffers as we minister to thousands of campers and adults who will be attending CentriKid Camps this summer. This excites me and makes me nervous all at the same time! I know that this is something I have prepared for and continue preparing for each day, but it still seems like such a large task.

As I was reading through Scripture the other day, I found these two verses:

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

In these verses, Paul didn’t seek to impress people with his eloquence or superior wisdom, but instead “resolved to know nothing else…except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Paul knew that nothing else mattered, so he resolved to know nothing else! In today’s world, it’s hard to focus on one thing for any large amount of time, but the word “resolved” means to make a determined, definite and earnest decision. This summer, I am resolving to know nothing else except Jesus Christ and will be challenging my team of staffers to do the same. As we work camp, we will be striving to abandon it all to ensure that nothing else is left except our pursuit of knowing Christ more and telling others about Him each day.

Being the Director of a CentriKid Camps team involves doing a lot of different jobs, but my ultimate role is to make disciples and to serve churches in your mission of making disciples. I want to be like Paul and be able to say to my team at the end of the summer that, while I was with them, I resolved to know nothing else except for Jesus Christ and him crucified. However, this pursuit isn’t something that should stop once August 2nd rolls around and camp ends. Join me in resolving to abandon it all every single day. If we do so, I believe we’ll see God’s glory in ways that will leave us in awe of the One who abandoned literally everything so that we might live.



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International Missions at CentriKid: A Note from the IMB

Orphans from a certain Unreached People Group in East Asia are out of sight and out of mind for most in the world. While their government’s leaders are often in the news for one reason or another, their thousands of hungry orphans rarely make headlines. Few have access to adequate food, leading to severe malnutrition and hunger. Even simple daily necessities like toothpaste are out-of-reach luxuries for many. We know of some orphanages there where kids use salt on the tip of their finger to brush their teeth each day.

Beyond the vast physical needs, they also live in a place where it is almost impossible for them to hear the name of Jesus…yet.

Christian workers are slowing gaining access to bring these precious children much-needed physical goods like food, clothing and school supplies. They know that meeting physical needs is a necessary first step in opening doors to share the gospel message with the orphans and their caretakers.

This summer, the CentriKid international missions offering will go to help these orphans through the IMB’s OneChild project. As you and your campers give to the offering, you will help show Jesus’ love by:

  • Providing hungry bellies with food like rice, oil, corn, or milk.
  • Purchasing solar powered lamps to use in the evenings when the frequent power outages leave kids in the dark.
  • Giving school supplies to kids who often have to share basic things like pencils and paper.
  • Clothing children with winter coats so they can survive brutal winters.

This project is especially exciting for CentriKid campers, as many of the orphans are the same age as them. As you prepare for camp, we hope you will help your campers learn about these kids who are like them in so many ways, yet have huge needs we can meet in the name of Jesus.

Be sure to check back on the blog in the coming weeks to learn more about the missions offering and the hearts of the people we will be giving to and praying for this summer!

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

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Be Ready

We’re getting packed up and ready to go here at CentriKid! We’ve been preparing for this for a whole year now, and we’re so excited that it’s finally time to go to camp. As we make final preparations for CentriKid in the office, I’ve realized just how important it is to be ready. We’re focused on wrapping up every tiny detail, so that we’re 100% ready on the day camp starts.

Being ready is something that we in ministry all focus on pretty heavily. We’re always getting ready for a church service, an event, or an activity. The majority of our careers are focused on getting ready for the next thing, but we must also make sure that we are ready in terms of our spiritual lives.

1 Peter 3:15 instructs us to “…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” We are called to be ready to share our faith with anyone at any time. God is going to give us opportunities to share His love with others, and it is extremely important that we are ready to do so when these opportunities arise.

One fact that gives me an incredible amount of peace is that all I have to do is get prepared and be ready and then God will take care of everything else. He doesn’t call us to be ready and then do everything ourselves, but, instead, calls us to be ready and wait for Him to act. We must always realize that it is He who is in control. Our job is to be ready and rely on Him to meet all of our needs. We can all rest assured that He will not let us down.



Specific Ways You Can Pray for CentriKid

Camp is almost here! The office team and your directors have been working hard to make sure that your kids have an awesome life-changing time at camp! Group leaders, we know that you too have been working hard to prepare for camp. This morning in our staff meeting, our entire Church Resource Division spent time in prayer for our camps! As camp gets closer and things get busy, know that you are being prayed for. We want you to join us in praying over all that the Lord is going to do this summer!

Here are some specific ways you can pray for CentriKid:

  • Pray for our leadership staff. Your Directors and Assistant Directors work especially hard to make things easy for your church and your kids.  They play a huge role in making camp happen. Not only do they lead camp, they lead our staff! While our staff invests in your kids, our Directors and Assistant Directors are constantly pouring and investing back into them.  Take some time to pray that the Lord would guide their leadership this summer.
  • Pray for our staff.  The Lord always amazes me when I see first-hand how our staff relate to your kids and their stories. I know there will be so many intentional conversations that our staff will have with your kids this summer. Pray that the Lord would use them to intentionally pour into your kids so that they might know Christ.
  • Pray for the thousands of kids that will come through our doors this summer. Pray that each one of those children would leave CentriKid having a life-changing encounter with Christ. That is the ultimate purpose in doing what we do.

Dr. Jerry Falwell said once that, “Nothing of eternal significance is ever accomplished apart from prayer.”

We hope that you will join us in praying for CentriKid. We will see you soon!



May

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Game Idea: Bandana Blitz!

In 2013, recreation at CentriKid Camps will be bigger and better than ever! One of the new games you’ll see at camp this summer is called Bandana Blitz! You can play this super fun game inside or outside, and you can scale the game to accommodate even the largest group. Here’s how to play:

Equipment needed: 1 bandana for each player (assorted colors), boundary markers, 2 clipboards and pens.

Play: Split your group into 2 teams (or 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.), and give each player a bandana (each group should have a different color of bandana. Player should tuck the bandana into the neck of their shirts so that it hangs against their backs. Station leaders at either end of the play area.

During the game, players run within the boundary area and try to capture players from opposing teams by removing their bandana. When a player captures someone, he or she must walk the captive to a leader. Players are worth their age in points. The leader records the points, and both players return to the game.

[Example: John captures Isaac. Isaac is 9 years old, so John has scored 9 points for his team].

The team with the most points at the end of the game wins! After the game, you can easily connect this game to truth from Scripture by emphasizing the idea that we are captives to sin until Christ sets us free.

We hope you’ll find this game helpful in your ministry, and we are looking forward to playing Bandana Blitz with you at camp!

Don’t miss out on all the fun. It’s not too late to sign up for CentriKid Camps for 2013!

Henry Dutton

Henry received a MA in Christian Studies and a BA in English, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

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Safety Tip for Bunk Beds at Camp

Here’s a safety tip for parents who are worried about their child sleeping on the top bunk at camp.  Some kids have bunk beds at home so its no problem, but there are others who have never been on a top bunk before.  If you are concerned about your child rolling off the top bunk, we’ve got a nifty solution that can help.

When making the bed, use a fitted sheet with a pool noodle along the edge of the bed.  See the picture below for an example.  When the sheet is in place, the pool noodle is held snugly, creating a bumper for your kiddo in the night.  There are no guarantees, but hopefully it can help give the parent and the child a bit of comfort about being on the top bunk.

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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.

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How to Prepare Your Kids for Camp

Does anyone else feel like it was just Christmas?
Breaking news – it is already May! Flowers are beginning to bloom and it gets warmer each day! Parents, your kids will be out of school soon! This means lazy days by the pool are in your very near future. This also means camp is just around the corner.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your kids for camp as the summer approaches:

1. Pray for them. One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to pray for them. As you pray for them, pray with them too!

2. Familiarize your kids with the theme and verses for camp. Each year at CentriKid, we have a theme and a key verse of scripture. This year’s theme is Out of this World: Where God is Always with Us; the key verse is found in Revelation 21:3. Most camps have a theme that goes along with the bible study material for the week. Getting your kids familiar with this before hand will help them to begin learning before they even get to camp!

3. Calm their fears. Your kids may be a little nervous about being away from home for an entire week. Do your best to ease their nerves before they leave. This will help set them up to have a great week of camp. As parents, it is perfectly normal for you to also be nervous about your kids being away for home. Try not to show them that you are nervous too!

5. Get them excited! After calming their fears, get them excited! When I was a kid, the night before camp always felt kind of like the night before Christmas. Share in their excitement about coming to camp. Go out to eat as a family the night before camp or do something special to get them even more excited! This will be something they remember for years to come.

6. Use a packing list to make sure your kids have everything they need! At CentriKid we provide a generic packing list to use when preparing for camp. A packing list is a great tool to help you prepare your kids for camp!

Are you a parent of a first time camper? Check the link below!
http://centrikid.com/2012/05/03/3-things-to-tell-parents-of-first-time-campers/#.UW6n6KsjpUt

What are some tips or ideas you have to prepare your kids for camp? Comment and let us know!



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Practical Tips for Homesick Kids

Whether you’re a children’s leader traveling with other people’s kids or a parent sending your own kids someplace, this summer you’ll likely encounter one of the most crippling illnesses a child can face: homesickness.

Homesickness is normal, especially for young kids, and can stop a child from enjoying their experience to the fullest. A homesick child tends to miss out on the joys of getting away. As a parent or children’s leader, there are some basic things you can do to help combat homesickness:

As a children’s leader:

  • Be a great listener. Children battling homesickness often feel lost in the shuffle and only need an ear, a hug, and a reminder that it will be okay.
  • Remind homesick kids that their parents love them and want them to have a great time at camp. A simple reminder can make a huge difference.
  • Remind them that their parents will be waiting when they get home in just a few more days and they should enjoy the time they have left. Time goes by fast!
  • Try asking what their favorite thing was about the day and remind them of all the fun they’re having.

As a parent:

  • Call and check in occasionally, but try to encourage your childrens independence. Don’t suggest homesickness to them or tell them about all the great things they’re missing out on by being gone.
  • Remind them that you love them and miss them also, but will be there waiting when they get home in just a few days.
  • Send them with familiar objects that remind them of home like a blanket or teddy bear. As a child, my parents always stuck letters and photos of my family in my suitcase when I traveled. Their encouraging words reminded me that they loved me and were proud of me for trying fun, new things.
  • If your child calls upset, don’t immediately jump to offering to come get your child. This is a valuable time to teach your children to enjoy being away and yet love coming home. Don’t cave immediately, but give them a chance to push through. Homesickness usually clears up very quickly.

No matter your role, the most important thing to remember when dealing with a homesick child is to not make it worse. Homesickness normally doesn’t last long and can be an opportunity for positive growth. Don’t make the situation sound more grave, but rather always try to remind them of all the fun they are missing out on by not enjoying their time away.

Laura Register

Laura graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Counseling and Human Development Services, focusing on Recreation Management. She began working for CentriKid in the summer of 2010 and joined the office staff in 2012.

Preorder Your Camper Care Packages Now!

Camper care packages are a great way to ensure that your camper has everything they need from the store for a great week of camp! In order to help ensure that we get everyone the care packages they need this summer, we are now offering a chance to preorder them! We can guarantee that upon your arrival to camp, we will have the number of care packages requested via this form before June 5th. Any additional care packages that you choose to purchase after June 5 or upon arriving to camp will be on a first come, first serve basis pending availability.

Please remember that preordering care packages is a commitment to pay for all of them upon arriving to camp. You will pay for your care package and pick them up at Check-In, either via cash, check, or credit. Unfortunately, care packages can not be directly billed to your LifeWay account.

Once you have preordered via the form, marking care packages on your participant list will be only for your own reference. If you miss the June 5 deadline, you can contact your camp director and order them by marking them on your participant list, understanding that they are on a first come, first serve basis, pending availability.

Check out the contents of this year’s camper care package, a $35 value for only $30! You won’t want to miss this!

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Care packages include a backpack, OMC shirt in your team color, water bottle, missions bracelet, and staff poster (not pictured).

Laura Register

Laura graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Counseling and Human Development Services, focusing on Recreation Management. She began working for CentriKid in the summer of 2010 and joined the office staff in 2012.