It was a great week at CentriKid! Check out these pictures and don’t forget to tweet and Instagram us @centrikid! We can’t wait to hear all about your week at camp!
We spend hours training our staff on how to have spiritual conversations at camp. A couple things we train them on are age appropriateness and kid friendly language. After we train them, they go and spend hours having these spiritual conversations with kids all over the country! We want to share our resources with you. Check out this video all about our resources for spiritual conversations.
Click here to get the ministry card mentioned in the video!
This summer, our international missions offering at CentriKid will focus on orphans in East Asia. In addition to giving through the missions offering and lifting the orphans up in prayer, you also have an option of supporting these orphans through a program called Backpack With a Purpose. Backpacks With a Purpose is a great way to continue supporting missions after you leave camp and a very tangible connection for kids as they go back to school at the end of the summer. When you purchase a backpack through this organization, you aren’t buying just one backpack. You are buying three– one for you, and two that will be donated to orphans in East Asia!
Check out this video from Backpack with a Purpose:
For more information about our summer international missions focus, check out these posts from CentriKid about the International Missions for the summer of 2013:
Summer is here! This is the time that kids not-so-patiently wait for all year long, and it’s finally here! Chances are, fewer kids than normal are showing up to church services because of vacations and the less-structured life that summer brings.
Here are 5 ways you can keep kids involved even during the summer. These activities will get the kids to church and will give you opportunities to minister to them. We don’t ever want kids to view church the same way as they do school, so these are some tips that will keep kids anticipating going to church each week!
1. Cookout – Have a cookout with burgers and hot dogs. Try to cookout somewhere with a pool and invite all the kids’ families. This will give you a chance to make connections with the parents as well as the kids.
2. Take the kids to a putt-putt course one Wednesday night!
3. Water balloons! Everything is a little more fun once water balloons are involved. Have a water balloon war or other competitions involving water balloons where kids can have fun and get soaked.
4. Homemade Ice Cream Social – everyone loves ice cream! Get the rest of the church involved and have a homemade ice cream competition. You can use this as a fundraiser for camp or just as an opportunity to fellowship a church family.
5. Obstacle Course Mania – set up an obstacle course outside and time the kids to make it a competition. You can create teams or do relays. Kids will love the challenge and the opportunity to be outside and be active.
There are many other fun things to do with kids in the summer. Let us know what some of your favorite summer activities with kids are!
We have had a great first week at CentriKid. Visit the CentriKid blog each Friday to see fun photos from the week. Make sure to tweet us @centrikid to tell us about your week at CentriKid! Have a story to share? We would love to hear from you. Email us anytime at email@example.com.
This summer, a portion of CentriKid’s missions offering will focus on East Asian orphans. Christian workers there face huge challenges in helping these orphans, but God continues to open doors to meet needs and share his love. We recently asked them a few questions about life there to help us learn more about daily life of the orphans we will help. Share these facts with the kids in your church as you prepare for camp and as you continue to pray for the orphans afterwards.
• What do the orphans usually eat? The usually eat soup, rice or noodles, but it depends on the food supply. The food is a small portion, and they rarely have meat or fish. Desserts and candy would never be seen. They normally get two meals a day, but sometimes have three.
• Where do they go to school? The orphanage has a special school facility on-site, and they go to school and study for 7-8 hours a day. The pressure to learn well and recite exactly as the teachers says is strong.
• Do they have daily chores? The children are responsible to take care of their own living area and keep things clean. Some of the orphanages also have farms nearby that the children will help out with, so they get to work with animals and crops.
• Do they brush their teeth and take a bath like us? Most of the orphans don’t have toothbrushes, but use salt and their fingers to keep teeth clean. Baths are also rare, and we don’t often see bathtubs.
• What kind of games do they play? What do they do for fun? The children love to play games like soccer, ping-pong and volleyball. They love to run and chase.
• Do they have a special morning or bedtime routine? Most of the time, the orphans are up by 6 and prepare for the day. They stick with other orphans of their same age group and do everything together as a group. At night, they often go to bed early because most orphanages don’t have electricity at night to turn the lights on.
• Where do they sleep? Do they have regular beds? It is most common to sleep on mats on the floor, although occasionally you will see bunk beds. There are often 10 or more kids sleeping together in one room.
• What do the kids think about Jesus? If you were to ask them who Jesus is, they wouldn’t have a clue! Because they are so closed off from the world, they have little opportunity to hear, but Christian workers among them know that meeting their needs will help open doors to change that fact.
Do you know what today is? IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP! Over 500 children and adults arrived at Campbellsville University yesterday to begin their week at CentriKid! Our friends at Millsaps, Norman Park, Lee University, Cumberland Univeristy, and Jenness Park will begin camp today! We are beyond excited to kick-off CentriKid this summer. It is going to be out of this world!
So many people have worked all year long to make this year at CentriKid the best summer yet. More than anything, we want to see life-change take place this summer. We cannot wait to hear about all that the Lord is going to accomplish this summer. We also cannot wait to hear about your week at CentriKid so be sure to tweet us and instagram us @centrikid! We will see you you soon!
This summer at CentriKid, you’ll see a new and improved look in our Camp Store! We still have many of the great items you love along with some fun new items and a total Camp Store redesign. Check out a few of our new favorite parts:
Our new friend Cooper the Kangaroo will be making his appearance in the store! Our new backdrops not only show off Cooper in style, but also show item pricing in an easy to read, clear way!
The Camp Store is now more than just shopping– it’s a whole interactive experience! We will be debuting our “Guess How Many” game this summer– you don’t want to miss out on this fun game!
We also want to hear from you! The Camp Store is now your place to answer daily prompts on our giant “Centrikid Says” chalkboard and leave us fun messages about camp! Be sure to even take pictures of your favorite responses and tag them using @centrikid!
There are a few other fun new additions headed your way in the CentriKid store! The store is now open more hours than ever before and will even have multiple check-out points so you can avoid lengthy lines. Be sure to check out the fun at your camp location and let us know what you think!
Experts say that a child’s attention span is only a few minutes per each year they are old. It’s important when teaching or leading a game with kids to keep in mind how long you are asking them to focus on one thing. With games, we tend to forget that if we let it go on too long, our kids will stop having fun and often get out of hand. Once a game has reached this point, your success level with the game plummets and you lose the ability to use that game effectively again in the future.
A great phrase to keep in mind when leading activities or games with kids is “kill it before it dies.” What this means is that you keep a watchful eye on the activity and cut it before your kids begin to lose interest. The more you practice this skill, the better you will become at timing when to cut a game. At the very latest, stop the game as soon as you see your first kids begin to lose interest. The majority of the group is only a short step behind them.
Another way to keep games going with your kids is to add in new rules or adaptations along the way. This can lengthen the life of a game for at least a few more minutes and gives kids something new to focus on. Adding fun new rules keeps kids guessing at what is coming next. From time to time, let the kids who are playing come up with new rules themselves. Being in charge of the game gives them a sense of buy-in to the activity.
What are some creative ways you have kept kids interested in games or activities?