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2015 Missions Emphasis

Each summer we partner with both the International Mission Board (IMB) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in support of missions projects globally and at home. We are excited to continue our partnerships this summer through our missions offering at camp. Check out our 2015 missions emphasis below!

NAMB | St. Louis, MO | August Gate Church

Almost 80-90% of the people who live in St. Louis, MO, do not know Jesus. That’s why Noah Oldham and his family moved to the city and started August Gate Church. The church partners with a local school and works in the community to provide safe places for kids to hang out after school and Christmas gifts for families who cannot afford gifts for their children. They also host a camp for kids each summer. Noah and the church members plan all these activities so they can build relationships and tell kids and adults about Jesus. Part of the money you give to the missions offering will help support Noah so he can continue to show other people the love of Christ.

IMB | South Asia | One Cup of Water

Last summer, we helped provide new water pumps for villages in South Asia. In South Asia, nearly 1,200 water pumps have broken handles or busted storage containers, and the people have no way to get clean water. This year, we will continue to help provide clean water for villages through our missions offering. Only $10 helps buy a new pump handle, and $50 helps provide a new pump head. Plus, when you give, you support the work of missionaries who tell people about the living water—Jesus.

Begin praying now how you can be a part of giving to the missions offering at camp!

Pray. Give. Go

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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Journey Off the Map OMC Task Cards

Your VBS is coming soon. For some of you soon means next week. If you are interested in a large group game option I hope you will consider playing CentriKid’s hallmark game OMC. Many people have the game, if not you can purchase it at exclusively at the CentriKid Camp Store at your CentriKid location.

Did you know each year the CentriKid Office teams up with the VBS writers to make theme specific task cards? Find them here! All you have to do is print these off and add them to your stack of OMC cards. One of my favorite Journey Off the Map OMC Tasks is “take some shaving cream and give yourself an explorer’s beard.”

If you have never played OMC before here are the basics you need to know.

  • OMC stands for Organized Mass Chaos.
  • Split your kids into different groups. At CentriKid we split our groups up by color team, which coordinates with the grade the kids have completed.
  • The object of the game is for a group collectively to complete the most individual tasks.
  • Each kid is given a task card and whenever they complete it they put it in their teams bucket only to retrieve another task to complete.
  • The game lasts anywhere from 10-20 minutes based on supplies and the weather. (I would cut the game short if it is really hot.)
  • There are three rules
    • You cannot say no
    • Return all equipment to the No Fly Zone
    • Do not enter the No Fly Zone

OMC is something to be experienced. I hope you get a chance to play it at your Vacation Bible School or Backyard Kids Club this summer.



2015 Camp Prep Series Recap

Check out the links below for a recap of the 2015 Camp Prep Series! Check out these blogs for all you need to know to be ready for CentriKid 2015, FIT: Faith in Training!

#1 Online Tools

#2 Fundraising

#3 Promoting at Your Church

#4 Team Assistants

#5 Spiritual Direction

#6 Camper Care Packages

#7 Sneak Peek

#8 Pre-Camp Planning

#9 Meet Your Camp Leaders

#10 Track Times

#11 Participant Lists and Other Details

#12 Recruiting Adult Sponsors (What Not to Do!)

#13 Arrival at Camp
Thanks for checking out the 2015 Camp Prep Series Recap!

As always, if you have any questions at all you can either call or email your Camp Director and Assistant Director. You can find their contact information on the Location Page of your camp location!

Micheal Walley

Micheal is a CentriKid Camp Specialist and a volunteer in his church's kidmin each week. He has been serving with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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Peach’s Quest!

Everyone loves Peach! When Peach was first introduced back in 2012, no one could have predicted how popular he would become. We’re so thankful for how you guys showed your love for Peach back in our April Fool’s joke. Have no fear, Peach WILL be back for FIT: Faith in Training this summer! He may also be joined by some familiar other friends from CentriKid’s history as well.

Last summer, we saw Peach’s Quest to earn 5 dollars so he could buy the video game, Reed’s Quest!

Check out the Peach videos from CentriKid 2014:




What do you think Peach will do this upcoming summer to get FIT?

Micheal Walley

Micheal is a CentriKid Camp Specialist and a volunteer in his church's kidmin each week. He has been serving with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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2015 Camp Prep Series #13: Arriving at Camp

The bus is packed, the kids are on board, and the 2014 CentriKid CD is playing through the speakers. You have been preparing for weeks doing paperwork, making calls, having parent meetings, and preparing your kids to grow deeper into their faith in God or maybe even starting a new faith in Him. But what happens when you pull the van in and their are staffers jumping around and going crazy with pool noodles? When you arrive at camp, your group leader will be directed to check in while the kids have fun playing games and getting their FIT shirts.

When you get to check in be sure to have the following:
1. Release forms
2. Track Time Cards
3. Statement of Compliance
4. Special Attention Cards
5. Group Order Summary

  1. Every child who comes to camp needs to have a notarized release form. These can be in one envelope and given to the Assistant Director. Need some release forms? Check out this link.
  2. One of my favorite parts of camp is Track Times! We assign kids to tracks by having them fill out the Track Time form before they arrive at camp. You can find the form in your location specific Group Leader Info on page 5. Each camper will pick their top 6 choices for Track Times and we will assign them based on what they choose.
  3. The statement of compliance is a very important part of camp planning because we want to ensure the safety of every kid at camp. By filling this form out you ensure that you have done a background check on every adult sponsor you are bringing to camp. You can find this form on page 21 of your Group Leader Info.
  4. Special Attention Cards are an important way we can serve your kids better. We take special attention cards very seriously. Whether it is a physical, emotional, or spiritual need, we want to serve you better as a group by being aware of these. These can be found on page 22 of your Group Leader Info.
  5. This year, we want to make ordering pictures, DVDs and Camper Care PackGroup-Order-Summaryages easier for you! We have created this form so that you can write everything that you want to order and give it to the store manager. This will make it easier to deliver the items to the correct churches and for you to deliver it to the correct camper. We are excited for this to make check in smoother and easier for you! You can find the form on page 16 of your Group Leader Info.

After you have taken care of all the paperwork and met the director and assistant director, it will be time to meet up with your group and take a beautiful picture with your camp shirts on! You did it! You made it through check in and now you get to jump around with the kids at Opening Celebration. We can’t wait to see you at camp!

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Studio Art and Editing and Writing. He started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2014. Isaac designs a lot of the items you’ll see at camp this summer, helps with track development, puts together group leader information and staff manuals. His favorite part of camp is I Can’t Wait and track times.

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Celebrating an Awesome Teammate— Collin Spindle

Today we celebrate a truly incredible teammate—the one and only Collin Spindle. Collin has been a part of CentriKid Camps since 2010, and he has served as a team leader, a recreation leader, and a camp director. For the past two years, Collin has also served as a very integral member of our office team. Sadly, this is Collin’s last week to serve with us, but we are excited about his new opportunities. Collin will be serving with Preston Taylor Ministries in Nashville, TN, and he will be helping impact the lives of countless children and youth.

While many of us would like to curl up in the corner and weep unconsolably because of Collin’s departure, the only fitting way to honor him is by remembering some of the best times we shared with Collin.

On one of Collin’s first days on our team, he plunged into a mirky pond to find a frisbee. We knew right then there is almost nothing this guy won’t do. As such, he frequently got “volunteered” to appear in CentriKid videos.

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He is never really one to seek out attention, but somehow Collin often found himself in the limelight. This is a testament both to his incredible skills and his outrageous sense of humor! Why wouldn’t we put him on stage?!

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Collin liked to FREQUENTLY remind us of his Texas roots, and although many of us have tried to compete with his mustachio, he clearly has the corner on that market.

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At the end of the day, what we expected from Collin was a hardworking teammate. What we got was so much more! He is an incredible friend, and he is fiercely loyal. He’ll be the first to jump on the back of a Speeder Bike with you (even though he has no idea what it is), he’ll tag along to any sporting event or concert, and he’ll even jump out of an airplane with you! We’ll miss you very much, Collin. Here’s to you, buddy!

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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.

2015 Camp Prep Series #12: Recruiting Adult Sponsors

REASONS TO NOT BE A CENTRIKID ADULT SPONSOR

Don’t make me say I told you so…

1. There is no reason to take off work and enjoy time outdoors.

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2. At camp there is no diet, so you may have to eat unlimited ice cream.

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3. Playing with the water hose is no fun in the summer.

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4. At camp you have to use so much energy! You end each day exhausted from games, leading kids, and camp exclusive fun.

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5. There is no reason to bring your teenager or youth in your church with you as a Team Assistant. They might actually learn something or fall in love with kids ministry.

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6. Supporting your kids or the kids in your church is no fun whatsoever.

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7. And bringing your kids to camp to worship God is not a very unique experience. It will never leave you inspired to see childlike faith.

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8. Forget about quiet times at camp. There is no time for time alone with God.

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9. You are asked to play with the kids while you are there.

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10. And don’t even dream about getting messy yourself.

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11. Because you have to wear clothes you would never wear normally, which is so lame.

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12. You may even be asked to color your beard.

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13. And different color hair never leads to anything exciting.

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14. You never want to get silly with your kids.

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15. But most importantly you may have to dive into God’s Word with your kids.

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16. And you never want to do that.

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17. Never Ever.

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Take our word for it. You may have to play games, get silly with your kids, have fun, invest in the children in your life, or experience God if you come to camp.

(Disclaimer…none of this is real! Be sure to tell you adults to come to CentriKid for fun, time with God, excitement, and to build relationshipsw tih their kids!)

 



Be Our Guest: Exceeding Expectations

10672287_10203441161851676_5465285799157910120_nA few months ago, a few of us from the CentriKid team took a mini-vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I went expecting to have fun and make memories, but months later, I am still talking about how my mind was blown and how Disney completely exceeded any expectations I had for our trip. Exceeding expectations is one thing the Walt Disney company does best.  Millions of people like me step into one of the Disney parks each year expecting a good time, but leave completely in awe at the excellent customer service, attention to detail, and “magic” they just experienced.

I recently just finished a book on this very subject from the Disney Institute: Be Our Guest.

In this book, the Theordore Kimi says:

“At Disney, exceeding guests’ expectations is the standard call of duty. If you study in the Disney theme parks, you can see how that works on myriad occassions each day. It shows up in the willingness of a restaurant hostess to not only provide directions when you are lost but to leave her post to guide you to your destination. It appears at the end of some late-night shopping when the cashier takes the time to find out who you are and where you are staying and recommends the free boat ride back to your hotel and offers a map of the dock..If the little wows are delivered consistently and continuously, they add up to a big WOW!”

As wonderful as Disney world is, it ultimately does not have much of an impact on eternity. The fun and the “magic” don’t have much substance, yet people flock to the park by the millions and millions. This is because all people have expectations, but Disney continues to exceed them.

Unlike Disney, your kids ministry (or any kind of ministry) has eternal impact. Getting Mickey’s autograph cannot compare to making the message of Christ clear to people who come to your church. What you and your church does to expand the kingdom of God is the most important task in the world. People and families in your community are going to come to your church with expectations. If Disney World can exceed expectations, so can we as churches who love Jesus Christ.

I encourage you to find ways to not only meet expectations of guests and current members of your church, but find practical ways to exceed those expectations so they return, train your kids ministry leaders and volunteers, and trust the the Lord will lead your ministry to reach people for Christ through those ways.  Ultimately, we should seek to exceed expectations to glorify our God whom we serve.

In what ways can you exceed expectations in your kids ministry to help make the message of Christ clear? 

We hope that anyone who comes to CentriKid has their expectations exceeded because of how we strive for excellence, build-life changing relationships, and make camp fun! We always try to improve in these areas and ask ourselves how we can make it better. We do it all to make sure that no one leaves camp without a life-changing encounter with Christ.  If you haven’t signed up for CentriKid 2015, there’s still time. Sign up today!

Micheal Walley

Micheal is a CentriKid Camp Specialist and a volunteer in his church's kidmin each week. He has been serving with CentriKid since 2011 and on the office team since 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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2015 Camp Prep Series #11: Grids and Kids

Today is May 1st! Camp is getting so close and we are getting very excited as the countdown gets close to zero. While we are busy here getting ready for kids to arrive we know that there is a lot that you are doing to get ready to come to camp. Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing for camp:

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Today is the cancellation deadline! All cancellations after May 1 will incur an additional $50.00 fee for each person dropped. When this occurs, deposits cannot be applied toward your balance. If you have any question you can call the Event Registration at 1-877-CAMP-123 or email us at CentriKid@lifeway.com.

PARTICIPANT LIST: For some of you, three weeks away from camp is coming up fast! Be sure that you pay your final balance at that point and send in your participant list! You can find the participant list here. Be sure that your guy/ girl numbers are correct, including your adult sponsors, so that we can have housing reading for you when you arrive at camp. One way that we want to serve you at camp is to have all the housing ready and make it easy for your group when you get to camp. By having these numbers, we can make arriving to camp an enjoyable experience!

FINAL BALANCES: Remember that your final camp balances are due two weeks before your arrival at camp. You can call 1-877-CAMP-123 or go manage your account online.

CAMP HOUSING: You will be hearing from your Camp Director or Assistant director about one/two weeks before camp to let you know about housing. If you have any special housing requests, please let them know by emailing your camp directors. Their contact info can be found here.

As we prepare for the summer, a lot of times we see the steps and the lists of things to do and it seems like there is so much work still to be done. The Nashville office staff as well as camp staffers all across the country are praying for you as you prepare to bring your kids to camp. One of my favorite verses is Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We can not wait to see the amazing things that God does through camp this summer! See you there!

Check out these others posts in our 2015 Camp Prep Series:

#1 Online Tools

#2 Fundraising

#3 Promoting at Your Church

#4 Team Assistants

#5 Spiritual Direction

#6 Camper Care Packages

#7 Sneak Peek

#8 Pre-Camp Planning

#9 Meet Your Camp Leaders

#10 Track Times

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Studio Art and Editing and Writing. He started working camp in 2013 and joined the office team in 2014. Isaac designs a lot of the items you’ll see at camp this summer, helps with track development, puts together group leader information and staff manuals. His favorite part of camp is I Can’t Wait and track times.